Flight experts across four states attend first Safety Symposium in Scottsbluff

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. Flight experts made their way to Regional West Medical Center to attend the 4th Annual Safety Symposium.

Over 125 representatives from four states will discuss lessons learned, speakers who lived through crashes, the human side for caring for patients, the importance of safety and fatigue factors. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

NAMES, The Nebraska Association of Air Medical Services, is a group across the state of Nebraska representing all the air medical transport programs in Nebraska.

125 representatives including Flight Nurses, Flight Programs, Flight Paramedics, Communication Specialists, Dispatchers, Ground Transport, and Aviation including Fixed and Rotor Wing Pilots made their way to this program.

This is the very first year this symposium has been held in Scottsbluff. It is usually held in Kearney.

Not only was their Nebraska representation, these experts traveled from South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado.

“It’s an opportunity for all those folks to get together in the same room and get on the same page for safety standards that are set forth,” explained Ryan Gochoel, Director for Air Link and Regional West Transfer Center. “It gives us an open line of communication and making sure we are all doing things the way we should be.”

The topics include lessons learned, speakers who lived through crashes, the human side for caring for patients, the importance of safety and fatigue factors.

“Today I think is a day for us to all join together,” said Tracy Meyer, RN, BSN, CFRN, NPR, CMTE, Air Link Chief Flight Nurse. “We don’t talk about competition versus this helicopter program versus this helicopter program. It’s a day where we put all of that aside and we just talk about safety and the importance of keeping each other safe.”

This program is expected to last six hours.