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Airlift NW helicopter drops by for show-and-tell at Mary Bridge
An Airlift Northwest helicopter dropped by on Thursday for a show-and-tell session with clinicians on the rooftop helistop that serves MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and Tacoma General Hospital.
Two flight nurses and a pilot answered questions about the medical transport service that serves a four-state region. The helistop that serves Mary Bridge and Tacoma General sees about 160 flights each year.
"I was so fascinated by what I learned about the chopper -- it was really cool," said Teresa Wynn, MN RN, Palliative Care Coordinator for Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. "I had no idea what coordination that takes.”
Helicopters are used to transport people with medical emergencies in out-of-the-way areas, or to move patients between hospitals, sometimes from as far away as Alaska. The helicopters fly at 150 mph, which is an advantage for patients when minutes can mean the difference between life and death.
Pilots are not given the condition or other information about the patient, so that decisions are based only on flight information and aviation factors.
Staff members at Mary Bridge, a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, work together with many area partners, including Airlift Northwest, to advance the health of traumatically injured children. This week's helicopter visit was an opportunity to learn more about air medical care for critically ill and injured patients.
"It was great fun connecting our multidisciplinary team of specially-trained health care experts with our Airlift Northwest partners," said Carolynn Morris, MN RN, Trauma Program Manager at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. "At Mary Bridge, we know how to treat kids, and offer a truly unique place to give patients and families access to comprehensive specialty care. I am so proud of our team."
Posted on Feb 17, 2012 in Tacoma