A Day In the Life: Critical Care Flight ParamedicFeb 02, 2022
so hi guys my name is sam and welcome to prepmedic for those of you who don't know outside of youtube my full time job is as a
paramedicso for this week's video i thought it would be a good idea make a video of a day in the
lifewhere I bring them in for a full 24 hour shift and show them everything related to the work obviously we have to start the morning routine so it's around 3:30 A.M. I've already had a cup of coffee and we're about to work out, so my workouts always consist of a bit of strength training and then a resistance component.
I have a bike and treadmill that I use relatively regularly, so these workouts were scheduled for me by a human tactician, who is a fitness. service essentially taking into account the demands of being a first responder in the military anything like that and they've tailored this program for me so I'm not sponsored by them or anything I just found applicable the trainings really make a difference Instead of going through a program that tries to make you a bodybuilder or extreme endurance athlete, I just need things that allow me to do my job for a long period of time.
Even though I've been shooting all morning, I still have time to grab a coffee and a quick shower before I head off to work. Let's hit the road, so today's shift will be 24 hours. I work two days a week. i work thursdays and saturdays thursdays i'm in an intensive
caretruck on the ground and then saturdays i'm in a helicopter so i really like that schedule it's not for everyone just because you know you can stay up all night sometimes we don't do anything but most of the time you're about to run from lack of sleep it also gives me a lot of free time during the week to watch my son do things produce these videos things like that so you know I really enjoy Lifeline One has you lou d and of course today you have eric as your pilot sam is your doctor and alyssa as your nurse very good good morning guys so today looks good to fly we can go northeast and south right now the mountains to the west are snowing uh we do have a segment for turbulence so plan for bumps once we're a few hundred feet above the ground so yeah just double check your nvgs make sure they're ready for to work make sure nothing is broken on them and stuff like that i'm safe i'm safe i'm safe so right there it is our helicopter is a star has about 1000 horsepower top speeds about 160 miles per Now we use it because it's cheap to run and it's also very good at high altitudes so I don't know if you can see it with this lens but the rocky mountains are right there and we fly into them all the time so one of our first responsibilities in the morning is to check every bag and compartment in the helicopter test all the machinery and equipment in there just to make sure it's working and ready to go for the day so we are a
criticalcare medical helicopter flying with one pilot, a doctor and a nurse, obviously, and then we make both calls to 911, so we call them scene
flights and IFT inter-facility transfers if someone has to go from one place to another. ar another but they're getting a lot of advanced stuff done on him like a booster, balloon pump, he requires a lot of drips or he's intubated and needs a ventilator which is usually when we get them instead of an advanced
lifesupport ground ambulance now that we've done the checks of the helicopter the pilots given this daily summary we have to come and qa the calls from previous shifts so that any flight they have made we pass and make sure there are no clinical errors it is a good learning experience for them and helps to keep our attention along with that we also have a lot of continuing education that we have to do so we have monthly ion quarterly continuing education that's done on the computer and in person so try to cut some of that out in the next two hours isn't there ems in scene yet?
Not yet no they just sent them to that so they sent us to a scene call our goal elevation time is less than 10 minutes we can usually get through that pretty well but we'll be flying into the mountains it's a bit cloudy but not to worry at zero to one so first responders canceled on us before we got there turned out they didn't need a chopper sometimes dispatch info is a little different than what what's really going on here we can look at what kind of educational stuff the nurse is doing oh wait she's just ticking ticking come on eric what advice do you have for everyone?
If you want to be a pilot, you still have to do the paperwork, don't. unless you absolutely love aviation and absolutely dream of being a pilot otherwise it will be painful roger there will be three souls on board or out to take off here in about a minute we will be 18 minutes enroute around um HOE 5300, 2 hours of fuel no warning lights indicators are good eyes out let's go sterile guys do you have all the stuff? everything. everything. so the tower can transition the airspace meter altimeter is 3012 and sure ok how big are the snowbanks around this thing maybe a foot tail inside the circle yeah tails , circle. to come in approximate line one last exit risk of return receive order in progress subway wood 3013 3013 lifeline one in virus give me those stickers real quick huh obviously there's a lot we can't show just for Hipaawa you know I wish I could show you a little bit more of the intensive care medicine we do because that's really the job the helicopter is great but ultimately it's just a vehicle that left on the third flight another internal facility relatively close it's getting a little late what brings us to two patient flights and one canceled which is pretty typical of this type of change now time to do some charting and go to bed if we can hopefully we can get some of the rest of tonight spent night no more calls let's switch shifts there you have it guys a full 24 hour shift with a flight
paramedichope that was entertaining or at least a little informative mate if you have any questions leave them in the comments below and i'll see you next week yeah
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