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Fishermen’s Community Hospital and Mariners Hospital Staff Train With Monroe County Fire Rescue’s Trauma Star

TAVERNIER, FL – November 8, 2021 – Monroe County Fire Rescue’s Trauma Star, the air ambulance service based in Marathon, recently flew one of its helicopters to both Fishermen’s Community Hospital and Mariners Hospital as part of an ongoing educational program intended to strengthen the knowledge of the hospitals’ caregivers so they, in turn, can provide the very best care to patients and families. During the drill, the helicopter reached Fishermen’s Community Hospital in five minutes and Mariners Hospital in roughly 15 minutes—a quick response time that can be critical when life-saving interventions are needed.

While on site, the Trauma Star team provided employees at both hospitals with a brief overview of what to expect when a patient transfer is needed. They addressed the requirements for air transfer, maximum wind speeds in which they can fly and their capabilities for treating patients in the air. The team also pointed out that only minors can be accompanied by an additional person in the helicopter. The training session enabled the hospital staff members to ask questions and learn valuable information that will help them prepare patients and families and speak knowledgeably on behalf of Trauma Star when arranging a transfer.

“The annual training is part of a collaboration we have with Monroe County Trauma Star,” said Dawn Hire, DNP, R.N., NE-BC, director of Nursing in the Emergency Department at Mariners and Fishermen’s Community Hospitals. “We also meet every other month to review patient data and cases to provide optimal care and better patient outcomes.”

“Our partnership with Trauma Star and Baptist Health has saved countless lives when seconds and minutes mean the most,” said Steve Hudson, Monroe County Fire Chief. “The meetings help facilitate and highlight the importance of the collaboration between our two entities in emergencies.”

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