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SEP 2018

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EMSWORLD.com | SEPTEMBER 2018 23 NAEMT.ORG /NAEMTFriends /NAEMT_ 1-800-34-NAEMT Evidence-based Designed to improve performance The trusted brand in EMS continuing education CHOOSE THE BEST FOR YOURSELF… AND YOUR PATIENTS. EDUCATION With a standard equipment load, they can support up to six patients, depending on acuity. All equipment and supplies are packed in bags that can be easily carried onto an aircraft. They can perform any emer- gency airway procedure as well as run labs using an i-STAT. The USAF recently created a new type of critical care team in Europe: the tactical critical care evacuation team–enhanced. This consists of a surgeon, an emergency medicine physician, two nurse anesthetists and an operating room technician. Spread throughout Africa are many small teams of American military person- nel on training and advisory missions with no sophisticated medical care available to them. This team can fly to any of those seri- ously injured patients and perform surgery upon arrival or even in the aircraft on the return flight. Aeromedical evacuation squadrons are also involved in humanitarian and disaster relief missions. Following the devastating hurricanes that struck the Caribbean in 2017, most of the islands remained without power for an extended time. USAF AE squadrons transported 100 dialysis patients from the Virgin Islands so they could continue treat- ment in the U.S. until power was restored. Honor and Privilege From humble beginning s evacuating patients in cargo planes during world War II, the U.S. Air Force has developed a sophis- ticated patient care and transportation sys- tem that can reach anywhere in the world. "I feel it is an honor and privilege to provide the best medical care and bring our men and women to the next level of care so they can go home to their families," LaFountain says. "Our survival rate is between 98%–99%. The technology and level of medical care we are able to provide with our AE person- nel and our specialty teams is amazing." ABOUT THE AUTHOR Barry D. Smith is an instruc tor in the Education Depar tment at the Regional Emergency Medical Ser vices Authority (REMSA) in Reno, Nev. Contac t him at bsmith@remsa-c f.com. For More Information Circle 20 on Reader Service Card A CCAT T crew member updates a patient chart in a low level of illumination typical of flights in an active combat zone.

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