November 2007, Volume 37 Number 11 , p 46 - 49
Marshall, William J. RN
William J. Marshall is a flight nurse at Christiana LifeNet, Christiana Hospital, Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Del.
THE DISPATCHER of the local aeromedical transfer service calls the emergency department to inform you that a helicopter will be landing at your hospital in 10 minutes. You and your colleagues will be responsible to meet the aircraft and escort the patient and helicopter crew to a treatment room. Follow these tips for a safe and successful transfer.
Initial call. The helicopter dispatcher may be your only link to the helicopter. Try to find out this critical information:
* the number of patients * pertinent patient characteristics, such as medical conditions, age, sex, and race * what medical equipment to have ready * whether to initiate a trauma, heart, or stroke alert * whether the flight crew will need a stretcher at the landing zone (LZ).
Preparing the room. Before you meet the helicopter, organize the receiving ...