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Saving lives, one flight at a time; AirLIFE celebrates 4-year partnership in Wyoming

Saving lives, one flight at a time; AirLIFE celebrates 4-year partnership in Wyoming

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - Four years ago, AirLIFE partnered with Cheyenne Regional Medical Center to provide rapid access to care and medical resources in the Wyoming community. Since the official partnership in May 2012, AirLIFE has provided air and ground critical care transport in large rural areas for both adult and pediatric medical/trauma patients. With one of four 407 Bell helicopters based in Cheyenne, AirLIFE is able to achieve a 150-mile radius which includes the majority of Wyoming in addition to its surrounding states. Air transport crews typically include one pilot and two flight nurses or a flight nurse and flight paramedic, each with at least five years of experience in critical care and emergency nursing. Each new crew member must also complete a sixteen-week orientation process before working on the aircraft. *Meet Cheyenne's AirLIFE crew:* Michael Camp, Flight Nurse, Mace Kant, Pilot and Base Lead, and Casey Ziegler, Safety Officer and Medical Base Lead, are three of many crew members that operate in Cheyenne are serve the surrounding areas, to include; Wheatland, Guernsey, Torrington, Rawlins, as well as Kimball, Nebraska and the Weld County area in Colorado. "The majority of our calls, about 70 percent, is hospital-to-hospital," Casey Ziegler said about the Cheyenne-based aircraft. "We go into those smaller community hospitals and bring patients either back here to Cheyenne or down into Denver for a higher level of care, as needed." Ziegler stated that the remaining 30 percent of calls out of the Cheyenne area are scene calls - which could be an accident on the highway, or a hiker or snowmobiler getting stuck up on the mountain somewhere. The crew will land on-scene where the accident is located, and reported to have even landed at a patient's house responding to a heart-attack. Local AirLIFE crews communicate with the hospital on a daily basis to offer assistance with CRMC's workload, "Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is one of the busiest hospitals for AirLIFE that we fly our patients to," Zielger said. "We love working with CRMC, it's nice to walk in and know people by name and have that sense of community you can't get anywhere else. We look forward to a long-term relationship here in Cheyenne." *​Critical care equipment is readily available for medical crews to utilize on the 407 Bell helicopter. (Pitchengine Communtiies)* *AirLIFE's 407 Bell helicopter used for responding to critical care calls. (Pitchengine Communities)* *Michael Camp, flight nurse, shows some of the medical equipment used in responding to critical care calls. (Pitchengine Communities)* AIRLIFE has been in operation for almost 33 years and was named Air Medical Program of the Year by the Association of Air Medical Services in 2010. Read more about AirLIFE and its services to Wyoming and the surrounding region here . *Feature photo: Michael Camp, AirLIFE Flight Nurse, Mace Kant, Base Lead Pilot, and Casey Ziegler, Safety Officer for AirLIFE, post. (Pitchengine Communities)* #shortgo #news #whatshappening