Turning blades and 241 km radius, the airborne emergency unit

Please welcome Mayo One.
The Helicopter clinic or more precise the emergency medical helicopter service by the Mayo Clinic Minnesota.
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Flying picture by Amy Spencer Photography
6-minutes video about Safety Mayo One

Helicopter: EC145 Eurocopter by Airbus (Swiss REGA air rescue using the same model)
1 or 2 pilots, up to 9 passengers
Speed is 133 knots – 153 miles per hour – 246 km per hour
Twin-Engine, safe ground operations, even during “hot” loading/unloading with blades turning.

The Mayo One (a medivac fleet of 4 helicopters) since July 2012
– High-level critical care and rapid transportation
– In flight within minutes of dispatch- 1000 flights a year
– 241 km radius from 3 different bases like Rochester Minnesota
– Transports include: trauma, cardiac, pediatric, neonatal, intra-aortic balloon pump, obstetric, other medical conditions
Equipment highlights of the mobile emergency room (ER):
– Monitor a patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and carbon dioxide and oxygen levels
– External defibrillators, external pacemakers and other advanced-level equipment
– Portable lab analyzer that measures the patient’s arterial or venous blood gases and other lab values
– Blood (three units) and thawed plasma (three units) are carried on every flight
– Tranexamic acid (TXA)

May One Staff
– At least two medical professionals; two critical care flight nurses or a critical care flight nurse and a critical care flight paramedic
– A Mayo Clinic emergency medicine specialist and a trauma surgeon oversee Mayo One
– Specially trained professional dispatchers decide when to send a helicopter to a trauma accident based on medical director-approved protocols

Healthcare or emergency care provided by a helicopter is not new. But the Mayo One is an impressive example when a hospital is offering more than ambulance trucks. And its a unique example of healthcare marketing too as the helicopter is carefully branded – even underneath to be seen easily from the ground (I had the chance once to listen to a inspring presentation of Amy Davis, now Division Chair, Communications, Mayo Clinic about the Brand Management strategy).

Within the worldwide helicopter medical transport services and their incredible daily work, I dare to pick a second one. The Mercy Air Network.

For instance their engagement by medication air cargo. With a helicopter based in South Africa. Reaching the remote Village of Catuane in Mozambique. The small clinic there relies on the support from a helicopter – Dr. Antonio Marcos knows about the impassable muddy slope after rainfall.
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The helicopter is a necessary, fast and powerful add-on of hospitals. The Mayo One, the Mercy Air… there are numerous professionals, heros and healthcare pioneers working with helicopters. More than well done. Thank you all, everyone who is involved deserves a handshake.

Maurice Codourey


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