Saturday, July 19, 2014
Metro Life Flight First in Area to Use Advanced Positioning Technology for Patient Transport
Metro Life Flight
recently became the first program in Northeast Ohio to utilize the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), enabling air medical transports in conditions causing poor visibility. Previously, certain weather conditions precluded air transport. With the new technology, more patients will benefit by reaching MetroHealth as quickly as possible.
Using WAAS, a three-dimensional GPS air navigation system similar to the technology used on passenger airplanes, Metro Life Flight was able to transfer an urgent case from a regional hospital to MetroHealth’s Level I Trauma Center
despite low cloud cover and fog.
WAAS connects Metro Life Flight’s fleet of three helicopters to MetroHealth Medical Center.
“We are committed to providing safe, lifesaving access to our Level I Adult Trauma Center,” said David Reese, Metro Life Flight’s lead pilot. “We are proud to offer state-of-the-art technology that gives patients quicker access to the best care possible, even in inclement weather.”
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