The management of airways in high-risk environments, particularly when dealing with critically ill patients, constitutes a recurrent and demanding task for our ROCKET teams. The context of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) presents us with numerous challenging decisions and complex scenarios.
Our team is committed to delivering the highest standard of care to our patients, and to achieve this, we prioritize collective training, experience sharing, and fostering a culture of open and fearless communication. This week, our Kimberley team engaged in an intensive two-day training program known as the DAMIT course (Definitive Airway Management in Teams), a novel offering from EPIC EM. This course encompassed a range of hands-on exercises involving the equipment integral to our daily operations, aimed at aiding patients in critical conditions.
During these sessions, our teams diligently practiced the principles of Rapid Cycle DELIBERATE practice, ensuring that we are not only proficient in life-saving techniques but also capable of sustaining patients' well-being during air transport.
Our training incorporated realistic simulations of challenging scenarios, enabling us to refine our skills and maintain a high level of competence and knowledge.