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This button allows ER staff to dispatch a helicopter when staff are too busy to call due to patient care. It works via a phone line, notifying the helicopter dispatch center that a helicopter is needed. Dispatch then has the helicopter take off; during flight they call for pertinent patient information. This new process frees up staff to continue with patient care.
The button is located in the nurses' station and is simple to use. "This new technology allows us to make the patient experience even safer, especially when seconds count," said ER Manager, Keala Roy.
Nebraska is the second state in the nation to have this equipment. MCH&HS was chosen due to the proximity to two helicopter bases; one in Fremont and the other in Omaha. The first hospital to receive one in the country was a facility in Idaho. "We are very excited to trial this new technology in our ER," said Roy.
|Shown above near the Air Medical Transport button
is Keala Roy, Emergency Department Lead at MCH&HS.