MedEvac Ambulances Will Provide Critical Care Transportation

MedEvac Ground ambulanceWhen a patient needs critical care transportation, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN)-MedEvac will provide it by air or by ground. Beginning Sunday (June 30), LVHN-MedEvac will begin 24/7 operation of two critical care ambulances. Staffed by LVHN clinicians, the ambulances will bring high-quality care to patients throughout our region in need of critical care.

People had an opportunity to tour and learn about the ambulances Thursday at the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest helipad. “Ambulances will be staffed by a paramedic with education in critical care, a registered nurse (RN) with experience in critical care and an emergency medical technician (EMT) driver,” said Mike Wargo, LVHN administrator of emergency operations and public safety. “This is the same crew configuration that staffs MedEvac helicopters.”

Under a physician’s medical direction, members of the MedEvac team can administer medication and are qualified to perform procedures beyond what typical emergency medical service (EMS) crews can provide. LVHN-MedEvac paramedics and RNs are credentialed to provide care in a pre-hospital setting, hold advanced certifications in critical care, and have extensive experience working in the emergency room (ER) and intensive care units. Read More »

MedEvac at High School’s SADD Event – Live Tweets

Inside MedEvac helicopter
Dan Lavelle gave us a peek inside a MedEvac helicopter today: “A tight fit in the back for the crew and patient. All the gear here is akin to a mobile ICU,” he posted on Twitter.

This morning, one of our MedEvac flight crews participated in a Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) demonstration at Wallenpaupack Area High School. Lehigh Valley Health Network marketing manager Dan Lavelle rode along in the helicopter, which lifted off from the MedEvac 2 station in East Stroudsburg, for the 12-to-15-minute flight to the school.

Lavelle captured some photos and live updates, which he shared on the LVHN Twitter handle, using our new live tweet hashtag, #ltLVHN.

He introduced us to the crew:

“Each #MedEvac crew has a pilot, a flight nurse and a paramedic on board. A team effort. Today we are with Steve, Jamie and Tom. Jamie and Tom have been with MedEvac 28 and 13 years respectively. They work in 24-hour shifts.”

Lavelle also captured some reaction:

“This is impact-heavy; students are really moved by this demonstration. Hopefully it teaches an important lesson.” –Gianni

See all of Lavelle’s Tweets and photos shared during the event at Follow us on Twitter @LVHN to keep up with the latest network news.

Santa Takes a Ride on Lehigh Valley Health Network’s MedEvac Helicopter

Santa Claus decided to take a holiday of his own recently, and hitched a ride to Coca-Cola Park where he caught a Lehigh Valley IronPigs baseball game. The Lehigh Valley Health Network MedEvac team was more than happy to give him a lift so he could arrive in style. MedEvac also transported Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Chief Medical Officer Tom Whalen, MD, so he could land on the field and throw out the first pitch. It’s unclear if Jolly Ole’ St. Nick was involved with the health network’s giveaway of heart blinkers and snow globes after the game, but we think he might have had a little magic left in his sack from last year.

Driven to Share Best Practices

A group of dedicated Lehigh Valley Health Network physicians and colleagues provide care for spectators, drivers and crew members every summer at Pocono Raceway. To educate others about best practices at the Raceway, five members of this “Core NASCAR” team attended the NASCAR Summit in North Carolina. This annual conference addresses topics related to operations, security, risk management and emergency medical services. The health network’s group presented a hands-on difficult airway management training session and delivered a presentation about the importance of health care organizations partnering with motor sports organizations such as Pocono Raceway. The health network’s team has presented for the past five years, representing our health network and Pocono Raceway.