The Ochsner Flight Care Team, established in 1984, held two first responder training sessions at Jan. 12 and 13 at the newly opened $6.6 million training center adjacent the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office.
Members of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, EMS, Hahnville Fire, Paradis Fire and Luling Fire departments participated.
Two sessions were held to train and educate local first responders on what to do in case of an emergency that requires Flight Care. They learned when to make the call, how to assist Flight Crew once on scene.
The service was extended to St. Charles Parish and the River Parishes in March of 2015.
Since March, Ochsner Flight Crew has operated six times in St. Charles Parish and surrounding areas.
Ochsner operates three helicopters, with a fourth coming online soon.
The aircraft that operates in the St. Charles area is based at New Orleans’ Lakefront Airport
Flight Care service provides emergency transport for critically ill and injured patients of all ages. The aircrafts are staffed with a pilot and a two-person medical team comprised of specially trained critical care registered nurses and a critical care paramedic.
Flight Care can respond to emergencies such as car wrecks, heart attacks or stroke victims, any medical situation that is considered time sensitive and the patient is critically ill or injured
The Flight Crew can be in the air in 8 minutes or less and save a patient critical, lifesaving minutes while providing lifesaving procedures when transporting a patient to the most appropriate medical facility in the region.