The 2022 awards ceremony, which honored the accomplishments of emergency personnel in the US state of Tennessee who have provided ‘exemplary lifesaving care to adult and pediatric patients’ in the past year, took place at the Rocketown entertainment center in Nashville on Wednesday 4 May.
The ceremony included awards for eight geographic regions, alongside a state-wide award and the Mutual Aid Partnership Award, with Vanderbilt LifeFlight and its partners taking home awards for Region 5 and Region 6.
LifeFlight 1 provided ‘life-saving’ pediatric care
In Region 5, Vanderbilt LifeFlight 1, based in the city of Gallatin, alongside Air Methods Communications, Robertson County EMS, Robertson County 911, Orlinda Fire Department and the White House City Fire Department were honored for saving the life of an 11-year-old who was involved in a motor vehicle incident.
According to Flight Nurse Allan Williams, one of the crew who took care of the patient, the crew had initially responded to a crash on the Interstate 65 highway in June 2021. In the ensuing congestion resulting from the original incident, another crash occurred further up the road, which injured the 11-year-old and his family.
“He and his family were involved in a car crash that left him in traumatic arrest for five minutes before we arrived on scene,” said Williams. “In short, the actions and care provided by everyone involved — from the initial 911 call to the time he arrived at the hospital — made a difference in this patient’s life.”
LifeFlight 4 provided valuable care to a critically ill infant
In Region 6, Vanderbilt LifeFlight 4, based in Mount Pleasant, Perry County Emergency Medical Service, Perry County E-911, and Air Methods Communications, were honored for care they provided to a critically ill 12-day-old infant.
Vanderbilt LifeFlight, which is operated by Air Methods in partnership with Vanderbilt University’s Medical Center, was previously named the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) air medical program of the year in 2020.