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Boston MedFlight Wins American Eurocopter Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award
Date:10/23/2013

g Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center.

“Boston MedFlight has a long commitment to sharing practices and collaborating to improve safety throughout the community,” said Charles Blathras, Chief Operations Manager and Critical Care Transport Specialist for Boston MedFlight. ”We have already developed regional best practices in conjunction with the other rotary wing programs in the New England area and any of our individual or regional best practices can be adopted by other programs, or by the industry.

“We have, in similar fashion, learned much from the experiences of others,” Blathras said. “The $10,000 award will assist in further development of our adverse events reporting and tracking structure, supporting our belief that data can be the key to good decision-making, and that reporting, communication, and loop closure are the keys to a robust safety system.”

Boston MedFlight utilizes a variety of innovative safety initiatives that are representative of the Vision Zero goal, including a GPS approach infrastructure under development within the hospital network. Boston MedFlight requires that its pilots attend IFR and emergency procedures training with Flight Safety, ensuring they have experience with IFR operations. It also requires all crewmembers to be trained using night vision goggles. Boston MedFlight aircraft are equipped with Traffic Alert Collision Avoidance Systems, Ground Proximity Warning Systems and flight data recording systems. Its pilots are ATP-rated, the highest certification level available.

All air transport programs and operators that are members of the Association of Air Medical Service (AAMS) are eligible to apply for the Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award.

The 2013 Blue Ribbon Committee members that judged the competition included: Chairman Bill Bryant President of Sier
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