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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Transport Team: It's A Flight!

Check out the latest post from our Trasnport Team. This month, Kenny shares his experience on a recent night time flight.
It’s a typical Florida day.  You leave home and make your way to the hospital as the sunset begins to engulf the sky with its spectacular ambiance.  Making your way into the office, you clock in as everyone is scurrying around, pen to paper and phone to ear.
Let's Go
A piece of paper and the nursing report is placed in your hand and the sounds of “It’s a flight!” come across the room.  With haste, you and your partner grab the stretcher and begin to pack.  Others in the room get your helmets and flotation vests, helping to get you outfitted to leave. 
En route, meds get mixed, fluids get drawn up, strategies are discussed, and a plan of action is formed to help save the young life you’re about to step into ever so briefly. 
You see the remnants of a fading sun sinking into the horizon.  Calm slowly instills its way into your body; the pilot’s voice comes over your helmet announcing approach, making sure all souls are secured for landing. 
Pick Up
As night encompasses the area, you disembark the aircraft and prepare for what you are about to encounter.  Coming through the doors, you spot a room full of hospital staff and your destination is obvious.  You’re led to the room and receive the report from the patients nurse, and it all begins to fall into place. 
You know exactly what you need to do to save this child’s life. Your compassion allows you to take the parents through the process.  Your skill lets you perform at the highest of levels.  Through the IV, the intubation, the dosing calculations, and conversations with various physicians, you’ve stabilized the patient enough to begin the journey back home.  
Two hours down; wonder what the next ten will bring?
- Kenny





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