When Seconds Count — The new Penn State Hershey Medical Center Life Lion

Hi, I’m Dan Friel. I’m a critical care transport nurse here
at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and this is the newest addition to the Life Lion Program
and I would like to take a minute to show you around. Welcome aboard! This is the medical interior of the newest
Life Lion helicopter here at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. And so to give you a little bit of a tour
around the aircraft, we’ll start up here at the head. And what we have been able to do when we designed
the interior of this aircraft is design it for maximal use of space. We don’t have a lot of room to work back
here so all of the equipment that we spec’d out and the equipment we were able to obtain
now is much smaller and lighter than it used to be in the past. This heart monitor, cardiac monitor up here
is a Pro Pack MD and it’s becoming the standard in this industry and is much smaller and lighter,
more functional than any similar pieces of equipment we had in the past. This allows us to monitor multiple parameters
of the patient’s vital signs, this allows us to transport this much easier and strap
it to the rest of our equipment and weighs much, much less than it used to but still
fully functional. This is the airway section of the helicopter
and it’s designed to be at the head of the patient where we are sitting here that we
have maximal access to the patients airway. Up here is the ventilators and as I talked
about having newer and lighter equipment this ventilator is probably 5 or 10 pounds lighter
than the last ventilator we had. It’s much easier to remove and transport
and only weighs about 8 pounds or so. This is the control panel that we use to control
the functions of everything in the back of the aircraft and what it does is it allows
us two separate positions to control oxygen, air, electrical power and vacuum and suction. So what we have here is a communication panel
next to next to that and what that allows us to do is talk to the physicians in the
emergency department when we have a patient on board. It also allows us to talk to the fire departments,
police departments and the first responders on the scene of an accident. Storage and configuration of our equipment
is kept in these drawers, certain things, extra medications and certain patient pieces
of equipment we need for monitoring, blood pressure, NG tubes, oxygen accessories, things
like that are kept in these drawers. We also have a special drawer that’s kept
warm all of the time at 104 degrees. And that’s designed to keep our IV fluids
warm for our hypothermic patients and certain pieces of equipment that we want to keep warm
for pediatrics and neonates. My name is Drew Yoder, I am a critical care
transport paramedic with Life lion. And today I am going to be talking to you
about the newest technology we have to offer here on Life Lion which is video laryngoscopy. What it consists of is a high-resolution video
screen. It has a laryngoscope with a light and a camera
on the end of that. This allows us to view the anatomy of the
airway and assist us in placing the tracheal tube. It takes a lot of stress out of the intubation,
so when you are at 3:00 AM intubating someone upside down in a car it really helps take
down the stress of it. Allows you to properly identify the anatomy
of the airway and place a tube. This is a mannequin. So we’ll pretend that this patient has been
properly sedated and paralyzed for intubation, so I’m going to go ahead and intubate, you
can watch on the screen here and we’ll view the anatomy of the airway and we’ll pass
the AT tube into the trachea. So we’re inserting our blade, locating our
anatomy in our airway here. Alright, we found the trachea and now we’re
going to place the AT tube, you see the AT tube emerge in the camera, and go into the
vocal cords, and balloons passing through the cords and the tube is seated in the vocal
cords. At this point, we can video tape that, we
can take a still photo of that for proper documentation for our charting. [Radio communications]
Hello, my name is Doug Turk, I’m chief pilot for Life Lion air medical service. I’m going to give you a look inside the
cockpit of our newest aircraft, we made some upgrades and I think you’re going to like
what you see. Here we are in the Life Lion pilot’s office,
this is where we do our work, and we’re really proud of our cockpit. The displays right in front of me are what
we call flight instrument displays that tell the pilot the attitude of the aircraft, air
speed, the altitude and so forth. And, over to the center is our avionics display. It’s a one-stop-shop for all of our communications,
navigation, situational awareness that we’ve incorporated and this is the newest and latest,
greatest addition to our cockpit. Right now it’s on what we call our topical
graphical display and it actually shows exactly where the helicopter is right now. We can focus in on it and as we move in we
can see that the helicopter is sitting on the pad at the hanger of the Hershey Medical
Center. I’m Michael Johnson with Penn State Hershey
Medical Center. I’m the director of maintenance of Life
Lion. This is an AS365N2 model. That’s a Eurocopter, it’s a French made
aircraft, it is one of the safest aircrafts of the EMS purposes. We have three fulltime mechanics that are
FFA certified and school-trained to work on the airframe and engines of this aircraft. For an EMS industry seconds count, time is
critical for transporting patients that are in need


  1. Experienced dual pilot IFR operations with full EFIS. Two critical care professionals and one fantastic machine. This is an exceptional program and one that other States (and Canadian Provinces) should emulate. One big question…are you responding to "on scene" incidents at night (night vision goggles?). You should be very proud!

  2. When Seconds Count — The new Penn State Hershey Medical Center Life Lion   #Helicopter  #Medical   #EMS  

  3. So fascinating. I love flying, but am glad I can see it being relatively healthy. Can folks come to the helipad area? Would love to see it and get a T-shirt (Life Lion). I come to HMC once a month. Thank you for sharing this video. Amazing! Thank you to all of you.

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