Wednesday, December 27, 2006


Carlisle Township Fire and LifeCare Ambulance responded to the area of West Ridge Road south of Russia late last night for a motorcycle crash. A man riding a Suzuki 600 sport bike at a high speeds traveling north on West Ridge Road failed to negotiate a small curve and went off the right side of the road and through the yards for several hundred feet before hitting a roadside marker. The rider was then thrown from the bike and landed in a driveway, the bike continued down the road on its side for several hundred feet before coming to rest in a front yard.

Carlisle fire officials dispatched Metro Life Flight for the biker and had them land at the nearby Lorain County Regional Airport on Russia Road. LifeCare Paramedics transported the biker to the airport and transferred care to the medical team of Life Flight. The man, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland with facial trauma and head injuries.


Anonymous Gerry from Avon said...

Why would a fire department call for a helicopter to come to the airport to pick up this patient when there was another service sitting at the Lorain County Airport? Wouldn't they use the helicopter sitting at the airport?

8:04 PM  
Blogger Herold Jenkins said...

I would have to guess that with the extent of his injuries, they felt that LifeFlight would give better treatment, as they fly with a Doctor.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. If it was my family member, I would want a doc on board the helicopter. Also, the service at the airport is only open 12 hours a day, from 10a-10p, I believe. -bn, wellington

3:21 PM  
Anonymous gerry from avon said...

I can see the 12 hour thing. However, I would challenge anyone who thinks a physician on board a helicopter is a better mode of care. Actually, I would challenge anyone who thinks that to find research that indicates that to be true. The only research that I am aware of actually indicates that physicians on helicopters not only increases cost but decreases time to definitive care in a trauma center. That is why there is less than 10% of flight programs in the United States that actually fly with physicians on board.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous gerry from avon said...

and please, before that gets miscontstrued.... I am not a fan of either flight service, I am just presenting my opinion. Both services in this area have strengths and both have weaknesses........

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a former military medic, I have to chime in here. I have served in Iraq and have seen things firsthand. I know what I can do for my patients and I know what our docs did for our guys. If it was me, I would want the best. Around here there is a service with a doc on board and I would use it.

The europeans fly all doc/nurse teams. We reviewed this issue over there and our trauma surgeon gave me an article on this (JAMA, 6/1987 by Baxt):"The mortality of the patients treated by the nurse physician/team was 35% lower than predicted, and significantly lower thanthe nurse-medic staffed helicopter."

The military actually changed their tactics on this and brought the physicians closer to the front because the earlier the physician intervention the better. If we can bring a doc to the scene in Lorain County, we should-Jim, Elyria

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't this the same kind of bike Kellen Winslow was riding??

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Gerrry from Avon said...

I will have to check that out. I have been looking for the article that I saw in the AMA that would contradict that article, but can't find it. Oh well, it's like any research, everyone comes up with their own conclusions and opinions. Either way, I will be curious anyway to see if Medevac stays in Lorain County. Again, I am not biased, I have worked with both services and good and bad stories to tell about both services. I will say though, like any business, competition is good for the consumer!!

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before you start making stupid comments about why the fire dept. called for metro you should dp ypur reseach. If you would have you would know that Medivac closes at 10:00 pm and the accident happened after that.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Dan O. said...

I know this is way late but, there is also the consideration of upgrading the standard of care. Passing a patient from paramedic to paramedic doesn't make much sense, but UPGRADING from Medic to Doctor makes a LOT of sense. And there's my 2 cents!

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moot points folks...MedEvac is closing their Lorain operations and moving them to Akron-Fulton Airport. They have ads out in the aviation circles...

So much for serving our "needs" out here...not making $$$ I guess.

2:36 PM  

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