Patient Preparation

For Scene Flights

  • Secure patient, clothing removed, to long back board with straps, cervical collar and CID
  • High flow oxygen via NRB mask
  • Two well secured peripheral IVs
  • Leave patient in ambulance until flight crew arrives, receives report and assesses
  • One rescue member should be prepared to give brief report to include: incident time, mechanism of injury, rescues' assessment results, description of injuries that are splinted-bandaged-concealed, and treatment interventions
  • If time permits, it is very helpful for the crew to have a copy of your PPCR or any of the above information written down
  • Give clothing/valuables to family
  • Two to four fire/rescue personnel available to assist loading patient into aircraft

For Interhospital Transfers

  • Family and friends should be aware of transport plans and mode of transport
  • Family/friends should stay at referring facility until the flight crew arrives. Give all of the patient's belongings and valuables to the family.
  • All trauma and intubated medical patients should be secured to a long backboard with cervical collar and CID
  • NGT/OGT placed on intubated patients
  • Two well-secured peripheral IVs with extension stopcocks
  • Medicate appropriately for pain, nausea, and/or anxiety
  • Empty Foley drainage bag
  • Have copies of medical records, demographic sheet, lab work, X-rays, and authorization to transport forms available to transport with patient

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