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Orlando Regional Air Care Team reaches new heights in transport numbers

Monday August 5, 2013
Rob George, RN, left, and Brandi Madden, paramedic
Rob George, RN, left, and Brandi Madden, paramedic
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The Orlando (Fla.) Regional Medical Center Air Care Team, a hospital-based multiple aircraft flight program, transported its 28,000th patient in May. "Our 28,000th patient milestone reflects nearly 30 years of commitment to excellence and safety in the field and in transport," Karen Thurmond, RN, PM, CFRN, CMTE, chief flight nurse, Air Care Team, said in a news release. "Our 24-member medical crew is one of the highest credentialed flight crews in the state."

The team, which includes 12 nurses, averages 100 to 120 flights per month, with primary response calls for motor vehicle incidents, according to the news release. Other calls include electrical injuries, falls and hospital-to-hospital transports for acute cardiac and stroke care. "Sixty percent of our patients are flown directly from the scene of an incident to the Level 1 Trauma Center at ORMC," Mikel Dirks, chief flight paramedic, said in the release. "The remaining 40% are transported from other hospitals to the specialized services offered at ORMC."


Karen Thurmond, RN
In other news, Orlando Regional is the second hospital in the nation with a Level 1 Trauma Center and the first in the state to receive three credentials offered by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, an international nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care, according to the release. The credentials — Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI, Heart Failure Accreditation and Atrial Fibrillation Certification — reflect the hospitalís initiative in fighting heart disease.

Orlando Regional recently received full Atrial Fibrillation Certification status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Certification distinguishes hospitals for their excellence in clinical processes for the early assessment, diagnosis and treatment for high-quality patient outcomes, according to a news release. "We provide comprehensive atrial fibrillation training for doctors, nurses and other healthcare team members," Janette Sendin, MSN, CNS, CCNS, PCCN, clinical nurse specialist, cardiology service line, said in a news release. "In addition to caring for patients at our hospital, we provide community outreach and community lectures to increase awareness in recognizing signs and symptoms of AF, and the importance of seeking timely treatment by immediately calling 911."


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