Lee Fernandez, RN, LP, Customer Relations Representative with AirLIFE was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of STEPS (A Safer Texas One STEP Closer).
Meeting was held on Thursday, September 17 at Cowboy Fellowship Church on FM 3350 in Atascosa County.
Saving lives is AirLIFE’s mission and commitment to Atascosa County and the Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas.
In addition to the pilot, each AirLIFE aircraft is staffed by a Registered Nurse and Paramedic for every mission. Crews provide critical care transport for adult (including high-risk pregnancy) and pediatric patients. All care is directed by their Board Certified Emergency Physician Medical Director.
RN Fernandez said, “AirLIFE has an experience average of 15-years in its employees.”
San Antonio AirLIFE is Southwest Texas’ premier air medical transport service dedicated to safety, rapid transport, and superior medical care of patients requiring critical care twenty-four hours a day within a 150-mile radius of San Antonio. San Antonio AirLIFE is committed to community service through activities which promote safety, illness and injury prevention, and awareness of community medical resources.
San Antonio AirLIFE’s commitment to safety is reflected in its participation in the AeroSafe Risk Management System which enhances the safety and risk management processes within the organization. AirLIFE is one of ten agencies in North America that has been asked to participate in this program.
AirLIFE is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit entity, equally funded by the Baptist Health System and the University Health System. In operation since 1991, AirLIFE has transported over 52,000 patients and logged over 60,000 flight hours.
San Antonio AirLIFE’s primary service area is the 22 counties that make up the Texas Department of State Health Services Trauma Service Area “P”.
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Three Bell 430 helicopters are used to perform both inter-hospital transfers and emergency scene transports in conjunction with local EMS agencies. Requests for air transport are accepted from authorized hospital personnel for transfers of patients from a lower level of care to a higher or equal level of care.
Requests are also accepted from EMS agencies, police and sheriff’s departments, and fire department personnel. Flights are accepted without discrimination due to race, creed, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, handicap, or ability to pay. Emergency scene responses or requests, in the AirLIFE service area, which involve a patient with a potentially life threatening illness or injury, are accepted without prescreening for the ability to pay.
The AirLIFE medical crew consists of a Registered Nurse/ Paramedic team for every patient mission. The medical flight crews provide advanced life support for a wide variety of patients from adult to pediatric age suffering from varied medical diagnosis. Additionally, the AirLIFE medical crews accompany specialty teams from University Hospital, Methodist Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, and San Antonio Military Medical Center.
The medical crews performs assessments and intervene with advanced skills when required by written protocols or with the direction of the medical control physician. San Antonio AirLIFE also provides transport for organ retrieval teams when aircraft are available. Both San Antonio AirLIFE medical crew members accompany these flights as safety officers.
San Antonio AirLIFE has a Guardian Angel membership program, “A community alliance protecting your family” that covers the out of pocket expenses a patient may incur for AirLIFE air transport. It’s available and affordable to everyone. For information, call 1-877-404-7111.
LEON ZABAVA is the Oil and Gas Editor for the Pleasanton Express. He can be reached at 830.281.2341 or email@example.com.