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Air Care and Mobile Care

Since its inception in 1984, has completed more than 30,000 accident-free patient care flight missions. We offer 24/7 coverage with two EC 145 helicopters. One EC 145 is based at Butler County Airport and the other splits time between a base in Hebron, KY and Mt. Orab. Aviation services are provided by Metro Aviation, Inc.

Following a rigorous day-long flight MD orientation (including high fidelity simulator training) and a number of buddy flights, our EM residents join the Air Care team as flight docs starting in the R2 year and continuing throughout the remainder of residency. A physician, flight NP or critical care RN is on every flight and functions as an integral part of a two-person medical crew. The experience on the helicopter is an unparalleled training opportunity within the field of EM, and is a critical factor in the clinical maturation of our residents. Attending medical control is always available by radio or telephone, but our flight docs and flight nurses (each of whom is truly "the best of the best") have earned considerable autonomy in the care of our critically ill and injured patients. Air Care is clearly one of the jewels of the EM residency program, the Department of EM, and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Air Care is a part of the continuum of care offered by the larger organization: Air Care & Mobile University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Air Care & Mobile Care (ACMC) is one of five transport medicine services in the nation to be accredited by CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems) in four levels of care (BLS, ALS, Mobile ICU, and Air). CAMTS accreditation is a voluntary and rigorous process, and is regarded as a marker of clinical and operational excellence within the air medical community.

Last year, Air Care transported 1250 patients. Approximately 65% of our flights are interhospital critical care transfers and 35% are scene flights, which are virtually all for trauma. About 10% of our flight volume is pediatric. Our flight crews endotracheally intubate approximately 10% of Air Care’s patients, either prior to or during flight. The EM residency has an academic membership in AMPA (Air Medical Physician Association). The past five years have seen renewed focus on research within Air Care, epitomized by our membership in CCT CORE (critical care transport collaborative outcomes research effort; an international research collaboration of more than forty programs. Five HEMS-specific studies are currently underway within the program, all of which include resident involvement.

At Air Care & Mobile Care, safety is much more than a priority; it is our most important core value. For instance, in 2013 we completed our fifth, totally voluntary, independent safety audit at considerable cost in order to maximize programmatic safety. Our commitment to safety is also evidenced by our recent acquisition of night vision goggles, which were implemented in early 2009. Air Care’s aviation services are provided by Metro Aviation, Inc., who employs our pilots and mechanics, with whom it is a privilege to work as they are some of the best in the worldwide air medical community. Our motto is: "Safety—Every One, Every Mission, Every Day

ACMC has two overriding organizational philosophies: When we make decisions, we make them by first asking "What is the safest way to do this?" and secondly asking "What’s best for the patient?" We don’t just rapidly transport the patient to the trauma, heart, stroke, or pediatric center. We transport the trauma, heart, stroke, and pediatric center to the patient.

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Medical Sciences Building Room 1654
231 Albert Sabin Way
PO Box 670769
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0769

Mail Location: 0769
Phone: 513-558-5281