The Holiday Rush
We are in the Holiday Season and you can feel it every time you leave home – more traffic- longer waiting lines and more stress. This only adds more risk to our profession this time of year. Medical transport crews are already over worked, fatigued and under time-related pressure to do the best for their patients and their families.
There have been 2 fatal helicopter crashes within the past 10 days. This is distressing but unfortunately not surprising. In 2009, there was a crash on Christmas Day. In 2010, there were 4 crashes in December. In 2011, there were 2 December crashes and in 2012 there were 3 December crashes – one on Christmas Eve.
Remember your overall responsibility is to get back home safe to your loved ones. Do not make this a Holiday to remember with regret and sadness. If you see something – say something. If you are uncomfortable – speak up. Get proper rest and be aware of signs of stress and fatigue in yourself and your teammates. Let’s end 2015 without any further tragedy.
Eileen Frazer, Executive Director
Terry Palmer, CAMTS Board Member