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NEMSPA - Air Medical Industry Working Group
Attacks Pressures To Fly
A new working group of the air medical Operators Association), ACCT (Associa- group utilized a highly structured formal
transport industry met to formulate a strat- tion of Critical Care Transport), ASTNA process to identify the universe of sources
egy to identify and mitigate the pressures (Air and Surface Transport Nurses Asso- of adverse pressures on air medical flight
that may be placed on air medical ciation), IAFP (International Association crews. The results of that process will
crewmembers to accept or continue a flight of Flight Paramedics), and NAACS (Na- serve as the foundation to develop a sur-
under conditions of elevated risk. The pro- tional Association of Air medical Com- vey to be presented to the nation-wide air
ject is part of the No-Pressure Initiative munications Specialists. While a medical transport community. The survey
sponsored by the National EMS Pilots As- representative from AMPA (Air Medical will gather data to clearly identify and
sociation (NEMSPA) and is funded, in Physicians Association) was unable to at- quantify the factors that are most influen-
part, by the $10,000 Vision Zero award tend, that group has been very supportive tial on aircrews and are most likely to re-
sponsored by American Eurocopter and of the project. Other interested parties pre- sult in the kind of flawed decision making
awarded to NEMPA at the annual Air sent included consultants from the FAA that could lead to a preventable aircraft
Medical Transport Conference in San Jose, and from the Helicopter Association In- accident. The results of the survey will be
CA last October. ternational (HAI). Dr. Mark Rosekind, an made available to air medical transport in-
Representatives from what are known internationally recognized expert on sleep dustry stakeholders nationwide. In the
as the air medical “alphabet groups” are and fatigue issues affecting workers who next phase of the project, the data will be
collaborating on the project. The princi- provide 24/7 services, attended the gath- used to guide the development and de-
pal acronyms represented were (in alpha- ering and contributed an unbiased per- ployment of mitigations aimed at elimi-
betical order) AAMS (Association of Air spective to the discussions. nating or counteracting the pressures that
Medical Services), AMOA (Air Medical Facilitated by Dr. Frank Thomas, the are identified.

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