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Take our Safety and Risk Management Survey

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To: Leaders from our partners in patient care:LFE Safety Network Patient Survey

Safety and Risk Management. They're extremely important, high-consequence topics on the radar for leaders at every hospital, fire department and EMS agency.

It's no different for us at LifeFlight Eagle. Safety is a core value behind everything we do, and that's why we employ a robust Safety Management System, utilize proactive root cause analysis, promote a just-culture accountability system and participate in employee fit-for-duty wellness programs. We teach landing zone courses and hold safety summits to promote safety.

We know we can always get better, though. That's why we host an annual safety symposium for air-medical programs throughout the country and participate in dozens of safety-related industry initiatives. We know that we'll learn new ideas from other programs, and that we'll become safer as we help the industry as a whole.

Now we are looking at ways to partner with hospitals, fire departments and EMS agencies we partner with every day improve safety and reduce risk in their own organizations.

Our vision is to gather input from a broad group of individuals and use it to help develop training opportunities that can benefit organizations throughout the region.

Please take a few moments to complete this quick survey. It should take less than 5 minutes, and it will provide us valuable information.

We appreciate your input and your participation.

Best Regards,

Joe Coons,
Director of Safety
LifeFlight Eagle

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:49

Nocturnal Operations: Turning Night into Day

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Night vision goggles are nothing new to LifeFlight Eagle and Children’s Mercy. Our programs were one of the first in Missouri or Kansas to begin using them for operations in 2009. Using night vision goggles for aviation requires special training — prior to crew members using the goggles, they must undergo an extensive ground school covering the dynamics of the eye and how the eye will react when using the goggles. LifeFlight Eagle and Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transfer  is committed to safety and make it a requirement that two crew members must goggled the entire flight at night. If we don’t have them, we don’t take the flight. alt

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 11:58

The Changing Face of Air Medical Safety

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Over the years the air medical industry has suffered greatly because of accidents and the loss of patients and dedicated flight crew members. This year is no exception, as the industry has suffered four fatal accidents in the United States. We learn lessons from each accident, and LifeFlight Eagle is committed to taking anything possible away from each tragedy so that we can take steps to ensure the safety of our crews, our patients and our aircraft.

Joe Coons, LifeFlight Eagle's Director of Safety

We don’t bring these statistics forward with the intent to cause worry when using an air medical service. On the contrary, programs across the globe like LifeFlight Eagle and Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transport Team save countless lives each and every day. Thousands of patients would die each year if it wasn’t for the ability of helicopters to go to remote locations and speed patients to critical care facilities under the care of highly trained flight paramedics and flight nurses en route. We mention the statistics for one simple reason: some of the old ways of doing things are not safe.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 23:47

Fun Summer chills can create not so fun thrills!

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Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities. With things finally starting to heat up and one of the summer’s busiest holidays around the corner, people will be heading to the lakes and pools to cool off and relax. But this fun summer activity doesn’t come without risks. So what’s the big problem with trying to enjoy yourself and stay cool? In the U.S., drowning ranks fifth among the top reasons of unintentional injury death. The CDC reports that every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of the ten, two are under the age of 14. At Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, more than 20 children are seen each year for near drownings. There are many of factors that can contribute to drowning risks. Common sense, swimming lessons and practicing a few safety precautions can help prevent your activity from turning into a tragedy.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 20:17

Lasers Pose a Serious Risk to Aviation

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Laser strikes are a growing problem for aviators all around the world. Each year the number of reports increases significantly.  In 2005, there were 283 laser incidents reported to the FAA. In 2011, that number was over 3,700.  In fact, there were nearly 350 cases reported this January alone. Many times aircraft will get hit from the same area until the perpetrator is caught. Last month, an Omaha man was convicted of lasing a Southwest Airlines aircraft and an Omaha Police helicopter.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 11:56

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