Air Methods provides training to Minutemen EMS
The air medical firm will provide its Ascend critical care clinician education program to South Dakota’s Minutemen EMS
Paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMT) working for Minutemen EMS – a ground-based emergency medical response organization that provides medical care to wilderness firefighters – will be able to develop their skills using Air Methods’ Ascend program through the partnership.
The Ascend program offers a range of in-person and online education courses, including access to a variety of educators, tools and technologies designed to help pre-hospital and critical care clinicians to build their knowledge. Ascend features advanced manikin-based simulation and virtual reality training that mirrors real-world patient care scenarios.
All courses offered also meet certification requirements for the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), and the International Board of Specialty Certifications (IBSC).
“We’re honored to play a part in educating Minuteman EMS staff,” said Dr Stephanie Queen, Air Methods Senior Vice President of Clinical Services. “They treat patients in some of the most rural areas with very harsh weather conditions and terrain. Enabling them with additional advanced, high-quality education will allow them to be of even greater service to their patients.”
“[We are] excited to make this world-class, evidence-based medical education available to team members in an easy-to-use platform,” said Tyler Olson, the owner of Minutemen EMS. “We operate in remote areas under extreme and dangerous conditions, so we are continuously looking for ways to improve our skills to ensure we are providing the safest and most effective care to patients.”
Air Methods announced it would open its training programs to external trainees at the start of this year. In January 2023, non-profit air ambulance LifeNet Air also announced that it had access to the Ascend programs.