Helicopter Safety & Landing Zones

Dr. Tom Lewis and Matt Benzen from Life Line discuss HEMS or Air Medical Safety and setting up landing zones for medical helicopters. Most air medical services in the country have similar safety procedures and a general working knowledge of landing zones and safety considerations keep our patients safer, help keep us safer and help us serve our community, both EMS and first responders.

Landing Zone Information Sheet

EMS Sterile Cockpit

Dr. Tom Lewis and Matt Benzen of Life Line discuss the concept of “sterile cockpit” and how it applies to EMS and ground operations. The “sterile cockpit” is from the aviation world where all focus is on the safe operation of the aircraft at all critical times of flight. This does not have anything to do with the germ filled environment we operate, but the concept of intense focus on our mission at hand. The mission of patient care and the safe operation of our vehicle for transport. The idle chit chat needs to stop when the call is dropped and our focus is on the mission. We are committed to the “sterile cockpit” approach for the care of our patients, the safety of ourselves and the safety of our community.

RSI Checklists from Mercy Life Line

Dr. Charles Sheppard, Life Line Air Medical Director for Mercy explains the importance and details of the RSI Checklist. Checklists are used throughout industry for complex procedures and decrease errors. EMS and medicine in general have been slow to adopt this useful tool to improve our practice and help assure consistent care of our patients. Check out the Life Line RSI checklist at RSI CHECKLIST