Transport Therapists Create Calm in the Skies

For nearly 30 years, UNC Carolina Air Care has swooped in to provide life-saving support for thousands of adult and pediatric patients. Here we go behind the scenes with Heidi Allen, pediatric respiratory therapist, and follow her and her teammate, Jonathan Lewis, RN, on a high-energy story of pediatric air care.

Posted July 17, 2015

If your loved one is facing an emergent health crisis, you want the right team by their side. For nearly 30 years, UNC Carolina Air Care has swooped in to provide life-saving support for thousands of adult and pediatric patients.
 
Thousands – that’s a large number. It might make the job sound easy. But this team knows that a passion for caring for the health needs of others, along with commitment to preparation, are a unique and powerful combination when it comes to providing care swiftly and confidently. From the moment they get the call, they move to collect the medicines and tools they need for any transport situation: ambulance, helicopter, or fixed-wing airplane.
 
For pediatric patients, because of the high number of cardiac and airway issues, both a nurse and a respiratory therapist take flight. When they show up to a crisis, you expect them to be seasoned professionals, maintaining a cool head and keeping spirits high when the adrenaline is pumping. And professionals they are. What you also find is that they’re the kind of people you want to spend time with.
 
Here we go behind the scenes with Heidi Allen, pediatric respiratory therapist, and follow her and her teammate, Jonathan Lewis, RN, on a high-energy story of pediatric air care. Check it out before it takes off!

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