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As 2010 comes to a close, AAMS would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the AAMS News on the Fly, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

How to fix the helicopter EMS accident rate
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Oct. 26: Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) is an industry at risk. Due to a rash of fatal accidents, the industry is sicker than the patients being flown. The air med business is dying because, instead of saving lives, it's killing people, namely helicopter crews, and often their patients. More

Air ambulance - The most dangerous job in America?
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June 15: The Wall Street Journal has listed the air ambulance as the most dangerous job in America. How is it that a business which is supposed to be all about saving lives, is in fact costing medical workers and patients their lives? In 2008 alone; there were 13 accidents and 29 fatalities in the air ambulance business. The air ambulance is supposed to be a system for extremely critical rescue situations where time is of the essence to get the patient treatment. This system is not designed for twisted ankles, which in fact the air ambulance has been sent up for just that. The medical staff at many hospitals has no choice in whether to go along on an air ambulance flight or not. They either go or they can lose their jobs. More

Top 10 HEMS providers
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Oct. 5: Helicopter emergency medical services is a $2.5 billion business annually in the United States, but extremely diverse. Some of the top civil operators are privately held, making financial data scarce. And, however similar the aircraft appear to the patients inside them, no two companies are alike. More

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Medical helicopter industry 'out of control,' conference told
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May 11: The number of medical helicopters has more than doubled in the past decade, the session was told. Medical helicopters are an important part of the EMS system but have become "out of control," Fire-Rescue Med was told. "It's an industry out of control but an industry we need to rein in," Bryan Bledsoe told the conference in Las Vegas. More

FAA bundles sweeping changes in broad helicopter NPRM
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Nov. 2: Last month, after years of prodding from the NTSB and extensive consultation with the industry, the FAA issued its much anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that tightens the equipment, training and operational requirements for helicopter EMS providers in the name of safety. However, the 133-page NPRM doesn't stop with the helicopter EMS community. More

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Air ambulance rides come with high cost
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Nov. 16: If you are in an accident, will your health insurance cover the costs? What if you have to be air-flighted to the hospital? More and more consumers are finding themselves stuck with huge bills after being transported in a medical helicopter. More

As NTSB eyes air ambulance safety, Idaho hospitals already on board with safety recommendations
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Sept. 28: An Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter crashed Aug. 31 near Scotland, Ark., killing the pilot, a nurse and a paramedic. It was the fourth fatal accident since July: A medical helicopter crash in Tucson, Ariz., killed three people on July 28; a crash near Kingfisher, Okla., on July 22 killed two people and seriously injured a third, and an air ambulance plane crashed July 4 in Alpine, Texas, killing five. "This is very alarming," National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said. "The safety board continues to be very concerned about the safety of this industry." More


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Medevac industry opposing upgrades wanted by NTSB
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Aug. 24: The helicopter air ambulance industry is opposing several key safety upgrades sought by federal accident investigators even as a recent surge in crashes has killed 19 people since September. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling on regulators to require new lifesaving technologies on many air ambulances, including night-vision goggles, terrain avoidance computers and autopilot controls. More

Chest pain: The "other" diagnoses
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Nov. 26: Early morning, you and your partner are called to respond to a 59-year-old male office worker with a history of mild, well-controlled hypertension who is complaining of chest pain. As you head for the ambulance, you turn to your partner and say, "Well, there won't be much guesswork on this call. It has to be cardiac-related." Your partner agrees. You are both aware of the statistics: Heart attacks are more common in the morning and during holiday times, when people tend to eat and drink too much and become more stressed. Besides that, your patient is male, middle-aged and has hypertension. It's a no-brainer, right? Maybe...maybe not! More

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Pilot fatigue survey: Exploring fatigue factors in air medical operations
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Nov. 16: Six hundred ninety-seven responses were received, with a majority of rotor wing pilots working 3/3/7 and 7/7 duty schedules. Over 84 percent of the pilots reported that fatigue had affected their flight performance; less than 28 percent reported "nodding off" during flight. More than 90 percent reported a separate work site "rest" room with a bed available. More

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