When Seconds Count — The new Penn State Hershey Medical Center Life Lion

Hi, I’m Dan Friel. I’m a critical care
transport nurse here at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and this is the newest addition
to the Life Lion Program and I would like to take a minute to show you around.
Welcome aboard! This is the medical interior of the newest Life Lion helicopter here at
Penn State Hershey Medical Center. And so to give you a little bit of a tour around
the aircraft, we’ll start up here at the head. And what we have been able to do when
we designed the interior of this aircraft is design it for maximal use of space. We
don’t have a lot of room to work back here so all of the equipment that we spec’d out
and the equipment we were able to obtain now is much smaller and lighter than it used to
be in the past. This heart monitor, cardiac monitor up here is a Pro Pack MD and it’s
becoming the standard in this industry and is much smaller and lighter, more functional
than any similar pieces of equipment we had in the past. This allows us to monitor multiple
parameters of the patient’s vital signs, this allows us to transport this much easier
and strap it to the rest of our equipment and weighs much, much less than it used to
but still fully functional. This is the airway section of the helicopter and it’s designed
to be at the head of the patient where we are sitting here that we have maximal access
to the patients airway. Up here is the ventilators and as I talked about having newer and lighter
equipment this ventilator is probably 5 or 10 pounds lighter than the last ventilator
we had. It’s much easier to remove and transport and only weighs about 8 pounds or so. This
is the control panel that we use to control the functions of everything in the back of
the aircraft and what it does is it allows us two separate positions to control oxygen,
air, electrical power and vacuum and suction. So what we have here is a communication panel
next to next to that and what that allows us to do is talk to the physicians in the
emergency department when we have a patient on board. It also allows us to talk to the
fire departments, police departments and the first responders on the scene of an accident.
Storage and configuration of our equipment is kept in these drawers, certain things,
extra medications and certain patient pieces of equipment we need for monitoring, blood
pressure, NG tubes, oxygen accessories, things like that are kept in these drawers. We also
have a special drawer that’s kept warm all of the time at 104 degrees. And that’s designed
to keep our IV fluids warm for our hypothermic patients and certain pieces of equipment that
we want to keep warm for pediatrics and neonates. My name is Drew Yoder, I am a critical care
transport paramedic with Life lion. And today I am going to be talking to you about the
newest technology we have to offer here on Life Lion which is video laryngoscopy. What
it consists of is a high-resolution video screen. It has a laryngoscope with a light
and a camera on the end of that. This allows us to view the anatomy of the airway and assist
us in placing the tracheal tube. It takes a lot of stress out of the intubation, so
when you are at 3:00 AM intubating someone upside down in a car it really helps take
down the stress of it. Allows you to properly identify the anatomy of the airway and place
a tube. This is a mannequin. So we’ll pretend that this patient has been properly sedated
and paralyzed for intubation, so I’m going to go ahead and intubate, you can watch on
the screen here and we’ll view the anatomy of the airway and we’ll pass the AT tube
into the trachea. So we’re inserting our blade, locating our anatomy in our airway
here. Alright, we found the trachea and now we’re going to place the AT tube, you see
the AT tube emerge in the camera, and go into the vocal cords, and balloons passing through
the cords and the tube is seated in the vocal cords. At this point, we can video tape that,
we can take a still photo of that for proper documentation for our charting.
[Radio communications] Hello, my name is Doug Turk, I’m chief pilot
for Life Lion air medical service. I’m going to give you a look inside the cockpit of our
newest aircraft, we made some upgrades and I think you’re going to like what you see.
Here we are in the Life Lion pilot’s office, this is where we do our work, and we’re
really proud of our cockpit. The displays right in front of me are what we call flight
instrument displays that tell the pilot the attitude of the aircraft, air speed, the altitude
and so forth. And, over to the center is our avionics display.
It’s a one-stop-shop for all of our communications, navigation, situational awareness that we’ve
incorporated and this is the newest and latest, greatest addition to our cockpit. Right now
it’s on what we call our topical graphical display and it actually shows exactly where
the helicopter is right now. We can focus in on it and as we move in we can see that
the helicopter is sitting on the pad at the hanger of the Hershey Medical Center.
I’m Michael Johnson with Penn State Hershey Medical Center. I’m the director of maintenance
of Life Lion. This is an AS365N2 model. That’s a Eurocopter, it’s a French made aircraft,
it is one of the safest aircrafts of the EMS purposes. We have three fulltime mechanics
that are FFA certified and school-trained to work on the airframe and engines of this
aircraft. For an EMS industry seconds count, time is
critical for transporting patients that are in need

9 thoughts on “When Seconds Count — The new Penn State Hershey Medical Center Life Lion

  1. Experienced dual pilot IFR operations with full EFIS. Two critical care professionals and one fantastic machine. This is an exceptional program and one that other States (and Canadian Provinces) should emulate. One big question…are you responding to "on scene" incidents at night (night vision goggles?). You should be very proud!

  2. When Seconds Count — The new Penn State Hershey Medical Center Life Lion   #Helicopter  #Medical   #EMS  

  3. So fascinating. I love flying, but am glad I can see it being relatively healthy. Can folks come to the helipad area? Would love to see it and get a T-shirt (Life Lion). I come to HMC once a month. Thank you for sharing this video. Amazing! Thank you to all of you.

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