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Airlift Northwest adds Turboprop to BroadenService

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Since 1982, Airlift Northwest has provided expert emergency medical care to the Pacific Northwest. In 2009 alone, it's 4 helicopters and 2 lear jets left the tarmac nearly 4,000 times to transport patients. In the summer of 2010, the service is adding another aircraft. My nsme is Chris Martin and I'm the Executive Director of Airlift Northwest. My name is David Baker and I'm the Medical Director for Airlift Northwest. snd we're thrilled to announce that we're adding a Turbo Prop to our fleet. THe Turbo Prop will be based in Seattle along with a Lear Jet and a helicopter We have three other bases, one in Olympia, one in Arlington and one in Bellingham with helicopters. and we have a base up in Juno Alaska with a Lear Jet. Primary thing that this plane offers us which we don't have with a Lear Jet is the capability to fly into runways, um, that are -- that are shorter We - -we do miss flights. In fact we t this year have missed over 160 flights because our Lear Jet has been on another flight. So not only will this give us the availability to land in other airports, but it will also cut down on the number of missed flights we have. so we'll be able to serve our patients better. It will be configured the exact same way the helicopter is, and the Lear Jet is. It'll be, really a critical care unit in the air. With a ventilator, with a monitor, with all the medications, with two critical care nurses, to fly our patients. The Turbo Prop will be deployed most often to 3 areas of the state. Centrsl Washington, where patients need emergency transport from more than a dozen hospitals located between Okanogan County, and the North and Klickitat and Denton Counties in the South. The Turbo Prop also affords better emergency access to the medical facilities and short runways on the Olympic Peninsula, and in the San Juan Islands. I can think of one case just this last winter where there was a car crash with three patients in Ellensburg, uh, where the pass was closed, there was no way to get across the pass by ground, the weather was such that our[ helicopters couldn't get across. If we were to take the Lear Jet, we would have had to land in Yakima. um, which would then be a very long ground transport, two hours to pick up the patient back to Yakima, uh, to take off again. With the Turbo Prop we;d be able to land right in Ellensburg, very much reducing the amount of time it would take to pick up that patient and bring 'em back to Seattle. We plan to have the Turbo Prop operational sometime in July. and staffed 12 hours a day for 7 days a week for probably the first 6 months then we plan to go 24 hours a day, 7 days a week This was really the -- the culmination of a lot of talks with physicians, paramedics, actual patients in different communities who really were begging us for something like this where we'd be able to offer more service, be more available to transport patients, and when it became a reality it was just incredibly exciting to be able to go back to these people and tell them that we could -- um, that we would be able to do this. When we get a call we wanna be able to respond, to pick up that patient and bring them back and adding another aircraft will give us that opportunity; to be able to meet all those needs.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 30 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: pyrokidd on Oct 29, 2010

An explanation of the functions of the new medical turboprop in use with Airlift Northwest.

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