- Backboard or Flat - Please place your patient on a backboard or flat to assist with movement into the aircraft. This will save us the most time in getting off scene!
- Traction Splints can fit if they don't extend beyond the backboard.
- Please attempt to have the patient stripped, covered, and protected from the elements. No loose articles.
- Secure any IV's and tubes to avoid dislodgement with loading. No IV poles, please.
- Stretchers and gurneys should remain secure on the perimeter of the landing zone.
Patients Contraindicated for Air Transport
- Active Codes--excluding post-resuscitation and cold-water drowning.
- Violent--5150--dangerous in flight.
- Hazmat Exposure patients not completely decontaminated.
- Patients too big to fit or weighing more than 350 pounds.
The helicopter crew will attempt to make patient contact in the unit or away from the helicopter to allow for a brief assessment (due to the aircraft noise).
Brief report: (MIVT)
- Treatment in progress.
- Assistants are appreciated for loading, generally one on each corner of the board/flat following flight crew direction, a 4-point carry
- Secure loose items, including hats, sheets and paperwork.
- Patients are loaded from the side (3 & 9 o'clock positions) with the primary patient loaded on the copilots side, feet in first.
- Depart the aircraft following the same route as approach (out the 3 or 9 o'clock position).
- The flight crew will secure the patient & aircraft doors.
- Secure your gurney & equipment before we take off.