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Stat MedEvac helicopter above UPMC Presbyterian Hospital

STAT MedEvac is a service of the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The primary function of STAT MedEvac is to provide air medical transport and as of July 2017 2 ground ambulances for patients with an injury or critical illness. STAT MedEvac is directed by a consortium of hospitals of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) that include UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC Altoona, UPMC Hamot, UPMC Mercy and the UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside. STAT MedEvac's base of operations is in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, at the Allegheny County Airport. With 17 helicopter base sites in Pennsylvania, Ohio and surrounding states,[1] it is one of the largest single operated and dispatched air-medical transport system in the United States.[2]

STAT 3, a Eurocopter EC 135, on the pad at UPMC Passavant Cranberry Hospital

HistoryEdit

1984
STAT completes their first transport.
1994
Opens two helicopter bases, bringing the total number to five, and began using IFR.
1999
Opened a base in Cleveland, Ohio, in partnership with University Hospitals, bringing total number of helicopter bases to eight.
2000
Opened bases in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, Maryland.
2001
Opened STAT MedEvac 11 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, at the Altoona Hospital.
2002
Opened another base in Ohio (Lorain), in partnership with University Hospital. University STAT 8 crashes on takeoff from University Hospital, killing the pilot and flight nurse. The flight medic survives.
2003
Opened three more helicopter bases: York, PA. Youngstown, OH. Kittanning, PA. Also began operating the existing flight program based at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.
2004
STAT MedEvac operations in Cleveland and Ohio are transferred to University Hospital (STAT 8 and 12).
2005
Opens new base in New Philadelphia, OH. Designated "MedEvac 8" as the former Medevac 8 base was no longer operated by STAT MedEvac. Opens new base in Hagerstown, Maryland, designated as "STAT MedEvac 12."
2006
Opens new base in Dansville, NY. This base was closed later that year after approximately 8 months. STAT 8 in New Philadelphia, OH was closed simultaneously. New base opened in Washington, DC in partnership with Children's National Medical Center. STAT MedEvac is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems.

2007Edit

STAT MedEvac opens STAT 18 at the Children's National Medical Center. Dubbed "SkyBear".

2010Edit

STAT MedEvac becomes the Air Operations Vendor for Lifestar, based in Harborcreek, PA. Lifestar, a division of EmergyCare, Inc., provides the medical crew and STAT MedEvac provides the pilot and Direct Air Carrier services. Medical crew operate under the STAT MedEvac protocols and receive Medical Command through STATComm.

2017Edit

Added two ground units dubbed STAT Medevac 53 and 54 to aid in the transport of critical patients after PA Department of Health expands protocols to allow licensure of critical care ground units.

2018Edit

Added two more ground units, as well as a neonatal critical care ambulance and neonate critical care team in conjunction with UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and UPMC Prehospital Services.

2019 added 3 new Airbus H135’s to the fleet. First H135’s in America equipped with Helinox Avionics

AircraftEdit

 
STAT 3, a Eurocopter EC 135, on the pad at UPMC Passavant Hospital

STAT MedEvac uses two types of helicopters for patient transport, the Eurocopter EC 135, and the EC-145. Their fleet has included the MBB Bo 105, Eurocopter AS-355 F2 Twinstar and AS-365 N3 Dauphin, the MBB/Kawasaki BK 117 and the Bell 430 (N430Q, which set an around-the-world speed record in 1996).

STAT MedEvac is a Direct Air Carrier E3MA774L and arranges and coordinates the operation of air ambulance services. All flights are operated by STAT MedEvac.

LocationsEdit

  • STAT MedEvac 1 - Washington County Hospital, Washington, PA.
  • STAT MedEvac 2 - Greensburg, PA. (Air Rescue East), Westmoreland County, PA
  • STAT MedEvac 3 - UPMC Passavant Cranberry, Butler County, Cranberry Township, PA.
  • STAT MedEvac 4 - Allegheny County Airport, West Mifflin, PA.
  • STAT MedEvac 5 - Connellsville Airport, Fayette County, PA.
  • STAT MedEvac 6 - Clarion County Airport, Clarion County, PA.
  • STAT MedEvac 7 - Port Meadville Airport, Crawford County, PA
  • STAT MedEvac 8 - Grove City Airport, Mercer County, PA
  • STAT MedEvac 9 - Clearfield/Lawrence Airport, Clearfield County, PA.
  • STAT MedEvac 10 - Pier 7, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • STAT MedEvac 11 - UPMC Altoona, Blair County, PA.
  • STAT MedEvac 12 - UPMC Chautauqua , Jamestown, NY.
  • STAT MedEvac 13 - York Airport, York County, PA.
  • STAT MedEvac 14 - Youngstown Elser Airport, Mahoning County, OH.
  • STAT MedEvac 15 - Jefferson County Airpark, Jefferson County, OH
  • STAT MedEvac 16 - Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Kittanning, PA.
  • STAT MedEvac 17 - Corry Lawrence Airport, Corry, PA. / Harborcreek, PA. (Lifestar), Erie County, PA
  • STAT MedEvac 18 - Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC.

CommunicationsEdit

STAT MedEvac operates a three-department communications center. This communications center is staffed with 10-12 people at 12 workstations, performing a variety of tasks. A physician is assigned to the communications center to handle medical control of the three divisions of the communications center. Medical Command processes approximately 36,000 medical consults each year for various ambulance services and STAT MedEvac. STATComm processes approximately 22,000 requests for medical service each year. They maintain contact with the helicopters by use of a 12-tower regional two-way radio system, Outerlink satellite tracking system, and satellite phones. Aeromed Software is used to identify the closest resources, and all phone and radio communications are recorded with the VoicePrint system. STAT-MD provides separate medical direction for several major airlines (Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, Air Canada Jazz, Emirates Airlines, Southwest, Frontier, Republic, Shuttle America, Sky Regional, and Delta), and approximately 2,500 physician consults are conducted every month, consisting of medical emergencies and pre-board medical screening. STAT-MD also provides services to US Steel, and telemedicine services to World Clinic. Over 400 Medjet customers are also assisted every month with physician consults, 'medevac' coordination, or repatriation services.

STAT Medevac developed emsCharts, prehospital data collection and management software products for air medical and ground Emergency Medical Services. The intellectual property rights to emsCharts were sold to two former managers in 2006 and it now exists as a completely separate entity.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Collins, Caroline (February 12, 2016). "Up high in the sky and saving lives". WJET TV. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "About". StatMedEvac.com. Retrieved January 30, 2017.

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