The Flight Nurse Went Too–My Minor Rant

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On Final for Landing
“I’ve never seen a response like this.”

I had time to look up some of the web coverage from a horrible scene we flew into the other day. Gotta love the local news media. They try, but never get it quite right.

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An AeroMed [spelled incorrectly, it is two words] helicopter lifts off from the scene of a crash on 120th Avenue north of Fillmore Street in Ottawa County that left several people injured.
Photo Credit: Mark Copier

Two critically injured in Robinson Township crash (Grand Rapids Press) This is where I stole the above AWESOME photo. This photo not only made the website, it was published on the front page of the Press. Imagine my surprise when I pulled it from the box the morning after the accident. I believe I captured the journalist who took the photo with my point and shoot Canon.

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Capturing Us Landing
Possibly Mark Copier, photo journalist

Some without seat belts in 10-person crash (WoodTV) There is video of the scene embedded here. The reporter spent some time at the hanger with me a few months ago.

Several injuries in Robinson Twp. crash (WZZM13) (check out the video link top right)

Aero Med was dispatched to the scene but since the helicopter service is not yet landing downtown, responders decided to transport all the victims via ambulance. The doctor who flew to the scene with Aero Med rode in one ambulances with victims to Spectrum Health. [typo theirs, emphasis mine]

WoodTV made it sound as though we didn’t transport at all because of the location of the airport related to distances to and from the hospital. We brought blood, the RSI kit, then rode to the hospital via ambulance providing patient care the entire way. WZZM on the other hand got it half right. But, both the doctor AND NURSE went to the hospital.

The follow up article from WZZM 13: Alcohol may be a factor in Robinson Twp. crash

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Aero Med Crew in Action
(photo credit to our pilot Dale)

After walking into a triage/incident command nightmare, we determined, with the help of the on scene medics, who was the most critical.

On the way to the hospital, while going lights and sirens, I looked up at my physician over the patient who I had appropriately medicated for pain (read—not listening to me), grinned from ear to ear and stated the obvious.

“Man, I love my job!”

I guess I say that a lot, don’t I?

Flickr set here.

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