Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Welcome and Intro to flight.......

Day one is done and in the books- I am still reeling- I have gone to work for not only the largest medical air transport system, but probably the most first class operation I have ever witnessed.

As we filtered into the Denver airport last night, it was apparent there were medical air crew coming from everywhere- Georgia, Arizona, Iowa, Florida, New York, Virginia , Kentucky and Ohio- just to name a few places. We all settled into our lovely rooms at the Embassy Suites in anticipation of today.

We all rose early to take advantage of the complimentary cooked to order breakfast featured in the atrium of our hotel. After eating, we filtered into the conference room to settle in for a day of housekeeping and orientation. The schedule for the first few days was handed out- today would be the easy day- Thursday will begin flight physiology, airway management and ventilation, followed by pharmacology, cardiac emergencies, 12 lead interpretation, STEMIS, aortic emergencies and hemodynamics- AND that is just through Friday!

We went on a tour of the ops center, the shops and products division, I saw helicopters in every stage of being broken down and refurbished. Really makes you aware of how great the mechanics are here- they take the copters apart, put them back together and I trust them enough to fly in the machine!

After lunch and the field trip, we settled down to ask all the pressing questions we had tumbling in our heads- requirements to fly independently- 10 successful intubations, all online work completes, clinicals, and didactic work.... We adjourned a few minutes early and tried to relax . We enjoyed the manager’s reception for a short time and set out in pursuit of food. The group of 4 from my base decided on P.F. Changs- funny how we all think alike- because 4 turned into 15 . We sat down to enjoy food, fellowship and trade war stories.

Now, back at the hotel it is time to chill and get ready for the morning- Airway is so very important- and I look at the next few days as a great study guide for the CFRN, night all! More from Denver later.......


The Bipolar Diva said...

I'm SO freaking excited for you!