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area where the complete flight crew could
meet. Mayo typically has one flight nurse
and one flight paramedic assigned to the
shift. There are occasions where a flight
nurse and flight respiratory therapist
might be used. These cases are typically
very sophisticated transports such as a
neonatal patient. When a flight is sched-
uled, all pertinent flight, medical and pa-
tient information is transferred to a
mobile data transmitter at the Mayo One
hangar and then to a ruggedized computer
called the Toughbook (Panasonic prod-
uct) which allows use of an electronic
documentation tool. From this data med
cabin configuration is determined and the
helicopter is set up accordingly. The
flight does not take off until all preflight
checks are performed and the OCC num-
ber issued. So at this point in the process
communication(s) is triple redundant;
UHF/HF, Pager and computer.
As the technology improves, the plan
at Mayo is to continue to automate as
Pilot Scott Zaske
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