LFE Safety Network will provide training for EMS agencies and hospitals
LifeFlight Eagle is broadening its safety efforts by launching the LifeFlight Eagle Safety Network, an effort to extend our safety practices to the EMS agencies and hospitals we work with every day.
LifeFlight Eagle Safety Coordinator, Joe Coons, said the Safety Network program is striving to ensure the EMS agencies and hospitals we work with are all on the same page when it comes to aviation and patient safety.
"The main goal is to make sure that our partners in air transport have the most up-to-date safety training, they know what to expect from us, and we know what to expect from them when we go into their facilities and other designated landing zones," Coons said.
LifeFlight Eagle will be reaching out to EMS agencies and hospitals to name a Safety Liaison. The Safety Liaisons will be an integral part of the LifeFlight Eagle Safety Network, and will be the designated helicopter safety contact for their agency or hospital, Coons said. The Liaison would be in charge of training new personnel to set up a landing zone, landing zone safety, how to approach the helicopter with a patient and other information that will benefit everyone's safety during helicopter operations.
"The LifeFlight Eagle Safety Network is an extension of the safety program we have developed and implemented with our air operator, PHI, Inc., and all of the helicopters in our system, including the Children's Mercy Critical Care Transport helicopter," said Christine Zalar, President & CEO of LifeFlight Eagle. "We share a responsibility with the EMS agencies and hospitals to provide safe ground and air transport and exceptional medical care for the patients we collectively serve."