Critical-care Flight Team
Provides Life Saving Treatment
July 26, 2005
Ketchikan, Alaska - For the second time in as many weeks, the
critical-care flight team from the Ketchikan station of Guardian
Flight have administered the life-saving drug, "TNKase."
TNKase is a drug used in heart attack victims to clear the any
clots from the arteries of the heart and allow blood and oxygen
to return, minimizing any damage. Unfortunately for some,
the drug must be adminsitered in a very short window of time
to be effective. In the rural communites of Southeast Alaska,
the chance of getting such a drug in time for it to be effective
has been minimal, until now.
"In our partnerships with regional air carriers, we are
able to reach into some of the smallest communities and bring
the same level of care people in an urban center would expect,"
says Flight Paramedic and Station Manager Ed Fry. "We
can effectively cut down the time to receive such life saving
treatment from many hours or even days down to about an hour."
In the first instance, Flight Paramedic Fry responded in a float
plane opperated by Taquan Air. In the second instance,
Flight Paramedics Chris Roussell and Jason Cerovac were brought
to the scene by a helicopter operated by TEMSCO. In both
cases, says Ed Fry, "As a result of our partnerships with
these regional air carriers, and our commitment to serving the
needs of Southeast, we have most certainly saved the lives of
Guardian Flight is an Alaskan corporation, headquartered in Fairbanks,
with stations in Sitka and Ketchikan. They serve the Ketchikan
area with a Guardian Flight Lear Jet based in Ketchikan, and
a Beechcraft King Air in Sitka; and through partnerships with
the Ketchikan Volunteer Search and Rescue, Taquan Air, TEMSCO
Helicopters, and Pacific Air.
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