On 13 March, US military hospital The Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center, which is owned and operated by the US Air Force, conducted a Mercy Air Life Flight exercise at the medical centre’s helipad on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
The training simulation mimicked a life-saving flight, which had the Mercy Air helicopter touch down near the hospital, allowing the 99th Medical Group (MDG) Airmen to familiarise themselves with air transportation procedures.
Captain (Dr) Eugene Kang, 99th MDG physician, said: “The flight helped test our capabilities and allowed our Airmen to practice the procedures required during real life events.” He added that patients trust the MDG airmen with their lives, and as such expect them to know what they’re doing.
The simulation also gave the Airmen the opportunity the chance to speak with the Mercy Air flight crew about their experiences and explore the helicopter. Kang noted: “This training keeps us current, so if we’re ever in a similar situation down range, we’d be certain of our abilities and more effective.”