by Steve Lange
Each Mayo One helicopter—and there are now four of them—carries a ventilator, IV fluids, 70 medications, various blood products, a handheld blood analysis lab, and, sometimes, an isolette for preemies. The three-member crew in the retrofitted Airbus EC145 can transport critical patients up to 150 miles one way, insert a chest tube, realign a broken femur, and transfuse blood (most likely donated by Mayo employees). All at 130 miles per hour, and 5,000 feet above the ground.
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Context: Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service — air ambulance — Licensed airplane and helicopter ambulances flown by professional pilots and staffed with highly trained paramedics, nurses, respiratory therapists, pediatric and neonatal specialists, perfusionists, and physicians who provide care to people with complex health conditions from scenes of injury and during transfer from hospital to hospital.
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