Pets Beneficial to Health and Wellbeing

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“They motivate us to play, be affectionate, seek adventure, and be loyal” – Tom Hayden

 

June 23, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

All throughout history, people have been taming wild animals to become their pets.  Companionship, love, and pure loyalty are what human beings crave, and are received from owning pets.  Now, it is coming to light that pets actually provide mental and physical health benefits.  At any age of a person’s life, owning a pet will benefit him or her in ways that they will not even realize are happening.

 

Having a pet around a baby provides the benefit of increasing the immune system.  The more germs a child is exposed to, the tougher their immune system will become.  In an age when ‘anti bacterial’ is listed on every product, and antibiotics are prescribed for everything, building a good immune system can be hard to accomplish.  Immunity must be created at a young age.  Dr. David Sack, CEO of Promises, says that “A study found that children ages 5 to 7 from pet-owning households attend school three weeks more per year than those who don’t have pets”.  This is a result of a child with a strong immune system who is able to fight off being sick.  As it is known, dogs and cats are the best cuddle companions on the planet.  When they are snuggled up with a baby or a little child, they are providing more than just something warm and soft to cuddle with; they are helping that child to have a longer, healthier life.

 

When people enter adulthood, all the pressures and responsibilities of the real world come pouring down.  Unhealthy habits develop. Stress and depression become a reality. This is where owning a pet becomes very beneficial; allowing people to take a break from all of the struggles of life and relax.  Doctor Mark Hyman says that “Numerous studies, including those funded by the National Institute of Health, show that dogs can provide better social support and stress relief than even our friends and family can offer”.  Having a pet can help one deal with loneliness, depression, and many other mental struggles.  Dogs help get their owners up and out, making them exercise.  According to the CDC, this can help with cholesterol, blood pressure, weight control, and mental health.

 

Pets have a calming effect on people of all ages.  They are used in many facilities as part of the therapy and recovery process.  They allow patients to have a sense of purpose, developing responsibility, and give them a reason to be active.  Having these positive feelings is necessary for overall health and wellbeing.

 

As an air medical transport provider, Angel MedFlight strives to provide the highest level of care for its patients, continually seeking ways to elevate the medical flight experience.   Angel MedFlight recognizes the benefits of pet companionship and allows pets to accompany patients on medical flights, another way to help the patient feel relaxed and safe during a very stressful time.

 

http://www.womansday.com/life/pet-care/10-health-benefits-of-owning-a-pet-116238

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/pets-stress_b_3077521.html

 

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Joint Training Promotes Safety at Angel MedFlight

Wendy Whitaker

June 20, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Angel MedFlight uses a unique training philosophy to promote safety. We had the opportunity to sit down with Angel MedFlight Safety Officer, Wendy Whitaker, to learn about the benefits of the training methodology used and other safety procedures in place at Angel MedFlight.

 

Angel MedFlight follows the FAA’s training guidelines for Air Medical Resource Management training or AMRM. *The focus of AMRM is training all of the air medical service team members together on a number of topics that focus on member’s job. For example, pilots will be familiar with what flight coordinators do and flight nurses will understand what pilots do. The AMRM philosophy was developed to enhance the safety culture within the air medical community, by promoting team cohesiveness. The FAA suggests that the AMRM training be customized for each individual organization to reflect that companies operating philosophies, polices, practices and procedures.

 

The success of an organization’s AMRM training program isn’t guaranteed. It’s really based on how well the training is implemented and the instructors providing the training. Luckily, at Angel MedFlight we have excellent trainers in Clinical Educator, Matt Greenwell RN, Chief Pilot, Kindle Tannery, and Safety Officer, Wendy Whitaker. This group of educators trains the Flight Coordinators, Dispatch, Logistics, Medical Crew, Flight and Maintenance Crew all together in joint curriculum classes. This training methodology is at the heart of the AMRM philosophy. Together the group will learn about each other’s roles and this creates better communication between departments and crew and promotes safety. The classes are taught using real-world problems, scenarios and tasks as well as visual aids.

 

Joint Training Works – Crew Curriculum includes topics like:

  • Federal Aviation Regulations
  • AMRM – Air Medical Resource Management
  • Emergency Procedures and Equipment
  • Flight Physiology
  • Patient Care
  • Passenger Care
  • Safety Management Systems / Emergency Response Plans
  • Just Culture / Threat & Error Management
  • Logistics and General Operations
  • Flight Coordination
  • Human Factors

 

“It’s a very big deal that we do this type of training. Each department understands a little about each other’s jobs, which unifies departments and really creates a strong team mentality,” says Safety Officer, Wendy Whitaker.

 

This type of training promotes safety, as a result of departments and crew communicating effectively with one another. Safety is the number one priority at Angel MedFlight, and is apparent with our ARG/US Platinum Rating.  The Platinum rating is the highest safety rating awarded and to be Platinum rated you must have what’s called a Safety Management System (SMS) in place. Part of Angel MedFlight’s SMS audits all of the departments for safety, using various guidelines. Another part of the system allows employees to report safety concerns anonymously. Both systems are important to maintain safe operations.

 

Before every flight, pilots do a risk assessment of the flight.  Pilots take a “snapshot” of the flight; enter data such as terrain, weather, and time in the aircraft into the risk assessment application developed by our in house software programmers. The application will in turn assign the flight a risk value of low, medium or high-risk flight.  If the app determines the flight to be high risk, it will not allow the pilot to proceed any further with planning the flight until the fight is approved by the Director of Operations, or the Chief Pilot.  If the flight is deemed to be too high risk, the flight will not be done at all.  “Our Director of Operations and Chief Pilot do a great job in evaluating the conditions surrounding risk values, like weather, fatigue, duty times, etcetera, and offering alternative solutions to reduce our risk values to an acceptable level,” states Whitaker.

 

At Angel MedFlight, it’s everyone’s joint responsibility to operate safely together for the benefit of the patients we fly. That’s why safety is paramount at Angel MedFlight.

 

*Source: FAA AMRM Advisory Circular – Date: 9/22/2005

Angel MedFlight Takes GOLD!

Gold!!

Gold!!

June 18, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Angel MedFlight was pleased to learn on June 13th, that we had been awarded two Gold Stevie® Awards for excellence in videography from the American Business Awards. The two winning videos were from Angel MedFlight’s Emmy® Award winning series “My Real Life Moment™.”

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My Real Life Moment™: Team Jaxon Air Ambulance Transport”received a Gold Award in the Motivational Public Relations Category. In this video, the parents of 5-year-old Jaxon Davis tell the impassioned story of the brain cancer victim. When their son’s condition deteriorated during a family vacation, they reached out to Angel MedFlight. With the help of an anonymous family and Angel MedFlight, Jaxon and his family were transported to San Antonio, Texas.

 

“My Real Life Moment™ 2013 “Holiday Homecoming”landed it’s Gold Award in the Public Relations: Media and Entertainment Category.  In this uplifting story, Lori McFate met the bone marrow donor that saved her life in 2006. You’ll share in the moment as Lori and her donor, Michael Henkel of Germany, meet for the very first time in Lori’s hometown of Bettendorf, Iowa.

Lori McFate and Michael Henkel

Lori McFate and Michael Henkel

Angel MedFlight is glad that we can share some of our patient’s stories with the public and humbled by the generous awards that we’ve received for them; however the real winners are the patients and families who open their hearts and homes to allow us to share these real life moments. To them we are eternally grateful.

Angel MedFlight May Logbook

Al Hamra Tower - Kuwait

Al Hamra Tower – Kuwait

 

June 11, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

The month of May proved once again to be very busy at Angel MedFlight, with both domestic and international transports up from last year. Our Flight coordinators have done a great job with the increased number of transports to coordinate.

 

Our pilots and medical crews sure have been seeing a lot of the world. We flew to:
  • Hungary
  • Mexico
  • Kuwait
  • England

 

We transported a patient 6,627 miles from Kuwait to Massachusetts and another patient from Hungary to Texas. We’ve seen an increase in international transports and we’re glad that we have the capability to help so many people worldwide. Domestically, we flew in or out of 36 states in May. Florida continues to be the top sending state and Texas the top receiving state for transports. Notably, our youngest patient was only 15 days old and our oldest 98 years old. The major reason for air medical transports in May was oncology related.

 

Angel MedFlight transports patients with many types of medical issues including, but not limited to, neonatal and pediatric cases, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, status post trauma, transplant recipients, respiratory illness, cancer patients and burn and wound patients.

 

Angel MedFlight anticipates another busy month in June as summer travel results in a higher number of illnesses and injuries.

 

 

Training Together Proves to be Beneficial for Employees and Patients

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Essential to the success of any organization, is the quality of its employees. Angel MedFlight actively seeks talented individuals who share the same work ethic and passion for exceeding standards that the company was founded on. Finding talent, however, is just the first step in building and maintaining an exceptional team. After initial new-hire orientation, individuals need ongoing, specialized training in two very technical fields: aviation and healthcare.

Angel MedFlight has designed and implemented a world-class training program providing instruction in every department including aviation, aviation maintenance, safety, operations, flight coordination, medical, quality management, legal, claims, human resources, IT and business development. Cross training employees allows employees to experience what it’s like to be in another’s role; for better understanding of how departments must work together for improved overall operations.

Matt Greenwell, RN, CFRN, NREMT-P, FP-C, Angel MedFlight’s Director of Clinical Operations teaches one of the training courses; Flight Physiology. He explains how pressure and altitude affect patients, flight crew and medical crew alike. Pressure affects people differently, an important consideration when transporting critical patients. A patient is going to react differently at sea level than at 40,000 feet.

“It’s very important that the patient’s history and condition area taken into consideration when the flight coordinators plan the flight,” says Greenwell, adding, “Altitude and air density, cabin pressure and the condition of the patient all play a role in coordinating a flight and determining the correct altitude and cabin pressure.” Greenwell teaches all the laws concerning pressure including Boyle’s Law, Charles’ Law, Henry’s Law, Graham’s Law and Fick’s Law. These are all complex theories that will need to be understood in depth. Greenwell stresses the importance of the medical crew and flight crew needing to communicate when it comes to adjusting cabin pressure. Because of their cross training, they’ll all have an understanding of the situation and be able to communicate effectively. This is one of many examples why a cross-training approach coupled with an in-depth curriculum are such integral pieces of an effective training and development program.

Greenwell also includes a training segment outlining the 4 types of hypoxia including hypoxic, hypemic, stagnant and histotoxic and the potential effects on patients and crew. He recalls a time when he had the training opportunity to spend time in an altitude pressure chamber; which simulates an aircraft reaching different altitudes and tests the effects it has on people. He explains that in his experience, it only took about 90 seconds to begin to feel the effects of hypoxia. He said he felt confused and experienced pain in his neck. Hypoxia can affect everyone differently. Personally experiencing a pressure chamber is an excellent way to understand first-hand what the effects can be. Greenwell hopes to incorporate altitude pressure chamber training to the curriculum in the near future.

Chief Pilot Kindle Tannery joins Greenwell to teach a segment that explains all of the 9 stressors that can affect not only the patient during the flight but the crew as well. The stressors are:

  • Hypoxia
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Thermal
  • G-Forces
  • Noise
  • Vibration
  • Third-Spacing
  • Decreased Humidity
  • Fatigue

 

Together, they explained the importance of the flight crew and medical crew to remain hydrated, eat healthy and the proper amount of rest in between flights so that they are able to perform their job functions to the absolute best of their ability.

It’s necessary for pilots and flight coordinators to learn and understand flight physiology; not just the medical crew. Although flight coordinators remain on the ground, they must be able to effectively communicate this information to patients, families and case managers that they work with to coordinate medical flights.

Angel MedFlight’s training and development is continually evolving in order to remain on the cutting edge of technology. Because air medical transport encompasses both the aviation and healthcare fields, ongoing training and continuing education requirements are important to remaining leaders in the industry.  The flight physiology course is just one part of the extensive training curriculum.

Angel MedFlight’s commitment to hiring, training and developing talent is essential to delivering operational excellence on every level.

 

Memorial Day Weekend Starts Summer Travel Season

The long Memorial Day weekend marks the start of family summer fun with outings and vacations. According to a recent Airlines for America (A4A) report, a predicted 1.5 percent increase in air travel means there will be more people traveling by plane this summer than in the highest recorded years of 2007-2008.  A4A predicts that airlines will transport 210 million people this summer. Not only will the roads be busy, but so will the airports. They also report that the top destinations this summer are Mexico, Canada and the U.K.

 

More travelers mean more people may be visiting your favorite summer destination. With more people, comes the possibility of more accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the holiday weekend is one of the six deadliest holidays involving automobile fatalities. Staying alert and aware of other drivers on the road, refraining from drinking and driving, only using mobile devices when vehicle is pulled over or stopped and wearing a seat-belt  are all simple but potentially life-saving tips.

 

If you’re traveling, have fun, but remember to be safe around the water at the beach, pools and water parks. Make sure children are always under a watchful eye, it only takes seconds for a drowning to happen. If you are celebrating at the beach, park or other places with large crowds, be sure to have a plan in case you and your children get separated. Deciding on a predetermined place or landmark to meet should you become separated is always a good idea. Remember to drink plenty of water so that you stay hydrated and make sure to pack sunscreen and perhaps a small first aid kit for emergencies.

 

Something else to consider during your holiday weekend: when participating in risky activities that could potentially cause a serious injury, like a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it’s important to wear protective gear including a helmet. Every year, in the United States alone, 2.4 million people, including 475,000 children, sustain a TBI.  Experiencing new adventures is an important part of living a full,healthy life; especially when enjoyed safely.

 

As we finish Memorial Day Weekend and head into the summer travel months, keeping safety in mind will ensure you will have a fun and safe summer.

 

Angel MedFlight Provides International Air Medical Transport

Angel MedFlight transports patients worldwide.

Angel MedFlight transports patients worldwide.

 

May 21, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Angel MedFlight is the world’s leader in air medical transport. We not only fly to all 50 U.S. states, but we fly internationally, to the farthest reaches of the globe. Angel MedFlight offers this global reach by maintaining a mobile base of operations and by using fast, long-range, modern business jets. Our fleet of Learjet 60s and Learjet 35s allow us to fly to most locations across the world. In its seven years Angel MedFlight has made patient transports in 33 countries worldwide.

 

What is International Air Medical Transport?

What this international service means is peace of mind for our patients and patients’ families. What if you’re a U.S. citizen traveling abroad and you are injured or ill and need to be repatriated to the United States, where you can receive the quality healthcare that you require? This happened to a patient of ours that was volunteering abroad in Nigeria. She became critically ill due to contracting the deadly Malaria virus. She needed immediate evacuation to the U.S. We were able to transport her back to the U.S. where she was admitted to a hospital with the level of care required and where she was able to make a full recovery. She had been far too ill to fly commercially and she required constant medical monitoring by a flight nurse and paramedic throughout the transport.

 

Today a lot more people are traveling to more exotic destinations and may be trying activities that they don’t usually try that could result in injuries. More than 13.5 million travelers are hospitalized each year while traveling. If you’re ill or injured while in a foreign country and are hospitalized, you may not receive the same kind of high-level healthcare that you’re used to in the U.S. If you need to be repatriated, you may be too ill to fly on a commercial flight. This is when you need an air ambulance. An Air ambulance is capable of flying people from foreign countries that have fallen ill or have been injured while traveling and need acute-care or long-term care.

 

Types of Air Ambulance’s Needed For International Flight.

Not all air ambulance’s can provide international medical flights. The aircraft needed must be able to fly long distances without needing to stop frequently to refuel. Because of this, typically the types of aircraft used are medically configured business jets. Angel MedFlight uses the Learjet 35 and Learjet 60. The Learjet 60 is a mid-sized business jet with a range of 2,773 miles and a maximum speed of 522 miles per hour. The range is nearly double that of most piston engine aircraft. Business jets are pressurized and able to climb to altitudes that allow smoother flights for ill patients. Angel MedFlight’s pilots are highly skilled and experience in international aviation. These models of Learjets are trusted, safe and reliable for both domestic transports and international transports.

 

Plan Ahead!

We urge international travelers to plan ahead before you or your loved one travels abroad. Check with your health insurance carrier to make sure that you’re covered for air medical flights. Some insurance won’t cover you or may only offer very limited coverage. Also, if you’re planning on buying “travel insurance,” keep in mind that this type of insurance covers things like lost baggage and canceled hotel and air reservation. It may not cover the cost of an air medical transport.

 

Angel MedFlight is proud to be able to offer international service. With our advanced jets, expert pilots and highly skilled medical crew, we are capable of helping those in need, in many locations across the world.

Angel MedFlight Named Finalist in 2014 Stevie Awards

 

 

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Angel MedFlight has a history deeply rooted in the words, “Raise the Bar”. When it comes to marketing the company, the same standard of excellence applies. The marketing team takes great pride in showcasing Angel MedFlight as a company that delivers exceptional service and care. Formal recognition from industry experts validates the level of passion and work that goes into every detail. Angel MedFlight recently received notification that the company was officially named a finalist in three categories of the 2014 American Business Awards. The company’s website, and two in-house produced videos will receive their accolades at the annual technology awards event to take place later this year in San Francisco.

Not only was Angel MedFlight named a finalist, but the company was chosen from over 3,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry; for consideration in a wide range of categories including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.

Angel MedFlight was nominated in the Website Overall Design category for http://www.angelmedflight.com.

 

In addition to the Website Design category, Angel MedFlight had  two segments nominated in the Video category for the  “My Real Life Moment” series, which features patient stories.

 

Holiday Homecoming: The Meeting of Lori and Michael” is the result of Angel MedFlight’s holiday homecoming campaign; where Angel MedFlight donated a flight, chosen from hundreds of submissions,  to reconnect loved ones for the holidays.

The second video was a testimony about a young cancer patient whose generosity was thinking of ways to bring cheer and lift the spirits of the other “kids” he met while in the hospital, titled, “Jaxon’s Story.” Jaxon’s legacy lives on through a foundation started in his honor, Jaxon’s FROG Foundation.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

 

 

We Celebrate Our Nurses

Some of Angel MedFlight's Nurses at the celebration

Some of Angel MedFlight’s Nurses at the celebration

May 9, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

May 6th is National Nurses Day and the beginning of National Nurses Week. National Nurses week began in 1954. It is celebrated from May 6th to May 12th each year. May 12th is significant because it marks the birthday of one of the most famous nurses of all time, Florence Nightingale.

 

Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820. She felt a calling to be a nurse from the early age of 17. Even though her parents initially had forbidden her to study nursing, she went on to attend nursing school and to later train nurses herself. During the Crimean War, Nightingale was sent to Turkey to oversee a military hospital for wounded British soldiers. Nightingale’s famous for her nursing methods and her theories are still practiced today.

 

We celebrate our nurse’s hard work, dedication and patient advocacy during this important week. The nurses at Angel MedFlight are essential to the success of the operation.

 

Our Flight Coordinator teams of Case Managers and R.N.s provide you with exceptional service from the moment you call them and continue to provide ongoing patient advocacy. They coordinate every aspect of the patient’s transfer with our One Touch Promise® and ensure that the patient’s every need is met. They exceed our patient’s expectations.

 

Just as Florence Nightingale did for the British troops, our Flight Nurses provide caring support for the many patients and patients’ families they transport. Flight nurses have the awesome responsibility to care for patients at 40,000 feet in the air, traveling at 500 mph. They are highly skilled professionals with years of experience, special flight training and life saving skills and certifications. They can handle any kind of patient from tiny, premature babies to critical care patients.

 

It takes a certain type of individual to dedicate their lives to helping others. We celebrated our nurses this week by surprising them with delicious individual cakes and long stem roses. Angel MedFlight honors our nurses and all the nurses around the world this week, for their caring service to others.

Angel MedFlight April Logbook

Angel MedFlight transports patients worldwide.

Angel MedFlight transports patients worldwide.

 

May 7, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

April was another very busy month for the hard working crew at Angel MedFlight. We saw a 23% increase in patient transports over April 2013. Patient transports took our pilots, medical crews and Learjets all around the world.

 

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Countries We Transported To and From:

  • Mexico
  • Canada
  • Dominican Republic
  • Peru

 

In April we had the privilege of transporting a patient 3,030 statute miles, from Louisiana all the way to Lima Peru.

 

We transported patients as young as 1 year old and as old as 98 years old from 36 different U.S. states. Our jets transport patients for a number of different reasons, but in April we saw an increase in post trauma transports, due to accidents. The top reasons were motorcycle, ATV, and automobile accidents and falls. We were pleased to be able to help so many patients in April, both here in the U.S. and worldwide and we look forward to another successful month in May.

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