New Fall Show Features EMS

From Zap2it:

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‘Trauma’ (NBC)

Drama

High-octane, adrenaline-filled medical drama about first-responder paramedics from the San Francisco General trauma team who rush by land, sea or air to reach their victims on time.

First Impressions: It feels like Michael Bay got hold of this medical drama that’s filled with explosions, running scenes, people screaming at each other and car wrecks, although the strong characters help ground the action.

NTSB report notes pilots’ actions in Ariz. crash

From Modern Healthcare:

Factors contributing to a midair collision between two Emergency Medical Service helicopters that caused the death of seven people last June included the failure of one pilot to follow arrival and noise abatement guidelines and the failure of the other to follow communication guidelines, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released May 8.

The collision occurred about 3:45 p.m. June 29, 2008, between two helicopters operated by Air Methods Corp. and Classic Helicopter Service while approaching the Flagstaff (Ariz.) Medical Center, according to a news release.

The medical center’s communications center coordinator advised the Air Methods pilot that there would be another helicopter dropping off a patient, the report said, and advised the Classic communication center that Air Methods would be landing, but the Classic communication center did not inform the Classic pilot nor was it required to do so.

But had Classic’s pilot contacted the Flagstaff Medical Center communications center, as required, its transportation coordinator likely would have told him directly that another aircraft was expected at the helipad and the pilot would have expected another helicopter in the area, the release said.

The report also was said to have documented how the Air Methods pilot did not follow noise abatement guidelines that called for approaching the medical center’s helipad from a more easterly direction. As the Classic helicopter approached from the northeast, the release said, its pilot likely would have been visually scanning the typical flight path for other helicopters and if the Air Methods pilot had approached from the usual path, it is more likely that the pilot of the Classic path would have seen and avoided it, the release said.

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