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Instructor Spotlight: Melanie Smith, From Combat Black Hawk Pilot to Aviation Educator  

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Whether she’s leading our team of Air Methods Ascend instructors or teaching courses in flight line readiness and aviation, our Aviation Education Manager, Melanie Smith, MIM, MBA, M.Ed., draws on her impressive background and past experiences. She began her career as a US Army Black Hawk helicopter pilot serving in the Middle East and Europe. After […]

Pediatric Respiratory Viruses Surging and the Impact on Patient Transport

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Respiratory viruses in children are on the rise nationwide, including flu, RSV, and COVID-19 cases. As of the end of November, influenza activity is high and continues to increase across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC estimates there have been nearly 9 million flu illnesses and 78,000 […]

Honoring Our Veterans

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At Air Methods, we salute our 1,368 teammates who have served in our nation’s armed forces, and now help provide lifesaving efforts to hundreds of communities across the country. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to keep our country safe.  Because the military has excellent training programs for pilots, mechanics, clinicians, and other needed […]

4 Ways our Operational Control Center Has Your Back on Safety

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From a flight request to a post-flight debrief, the Operational Control Center (OCC) at Air Methods has an important role in ensuring that our helicopters take off, deliver, and land safely. With 15-20 thousand active flights each month, clear communication combined with safety measures is a top priority. Often considered the “brain” of air medical […]

Summer Winds Down but the Temperatures Do Not. Beat the Heat with These Tips!

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Across the country we are continuing to observe record high temperatures and experts predict we won’t be seeing relief any time soon. August is commonly the time for some of the hottest days of the year. Because of this, we want to take a moment to refresh everyone on heat related illness and to remind […]

Air medical memberships: Relics of the past

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You won’t hear this from most air medical companies, but air medical memberships are no longer necessary. On New Year’s Day a federal law went into effect preventing air medical companies from hitting consumers with surprise balance bills, which is the practice of invoicing a patient for the difference between the plan’s reimbursement and the […]

Improving Patient Outcomes With Blood In Flight

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Carrying blood and plasma in flight is a top priority for us to optimize outcomes for those with traumatic injuries. Patients suffering significant blood loss are at risk for hemorrhagic shock which causes the body’s organs to fail and can lead to death. This is the harsh reality of emergency medicine, which is why we […]

Celebrate Safely This Summer With These 4 Tips

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Summer is in full swing. For many of us, summer means being surrounded by loved ones at the beach, lake, and mountains making memories that last a lifetime. Whether you’re hiking through Yellowstone National Park or barbecuing beachside in Pensacola, we want the memories made this summer to continue to be positive ones. From all […]

The Top 5 Trends Facing the Air Medical Industry in 2022

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The future of healthcare and its impact on air medical services is facing sweeping changes and acute challenges. From hospital closures and staffing shortages to increased domestic tourism, Air Methods is evaluating market dynamics and preparing for this shift. Here are our top 5 trends facing the air medical industry in 2022.  1. Obstetrical Units […]

THANK YOU NURSING, EMS, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS!

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Throughout the month of May we are recognizing the fearless men and women in the nursing, EMS, and law enforcement fields. From our Air Methods team members, to the nurses, EMS, and law enforcement professionals we partner with, we believe it is important to ensure that the vital contributions of these practitioners in safeguarding the […]

ENHANCING SAFETY BY HELPING PILOTS FOCUS ON THEIR LIFE-SAVING MISSION

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As we work on our mission to further advance safety measures to protect our pilots and patients, our latest partnership with Skyryse, a transportation technology company, will allow us to retrofit more than 400 of our single-engine helicopters and fixed-wing aircrafts with FlightOS. Skyryse’s FlightOS state-of-the-art technology provides increased operational safety in clear or inclement […]

ACHIEVING SAFE AND SECURE AUTONOMOUS DRONE LANDINGS WITH WONDER ROBOTICS

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Continuing our quest to improve access to urgently needed medical supplies for healthcare providers, we are happy to announce that Spright, our new drone division, along with Wonder Robotics, a leading technology innovator supporting commercial drone operations, are partnering to implement market-leading safety enhancements through autonomous drone operational and vertical awareness technology. Operating our drones […]