Ochsner Health System’s Flight Care Team and Navy were called to assist in the rescue efforts in Washington Parish last month where more than a foot of rain fell in less than 48-hours.
With a fleet of three helicopters stationed across the Gulf South Region, Ochsner Flight Care’s Rescue 9 was mobilized on Friday March 11th to help Northshore EMS and other emergency responders reach residents trapped from the rising flood waters in some of the hardest hit areas.
The Ochsner Navy – the first privately owned hospital navy in the country – was also deployed to assist citizens and first responders in the Northshore area. Established in 2007, the Navy includes a waterborne rescue fleet with specialized boats that can motor just as easily on flooded streets as they can on open water, plus army surplus and troop transport vehicles.
Together with the Flight Care team, the Ochsner Navy also supported the evacuation and relocation of Northshore EMS due to extensive flooding.
This along with teamwork across the system and partnership with community organizations, proper communications, power, water, supplies and a detailed aeronautic evacuation strategy makes Ochsner a national leader for emergency preparedness.
Ochsner aircrafts are staffed with a pilot and a two person medical team comprised of a highly skilled, specially trained critical care registered nurses and a critical care paramedic. Flight Care also responds to emergencies such as car wrecks, heart attacks or stroke victims - any medical situation that is considered time sensitive and the patient is critically ill or injured.
The Ochsner flight crew can be in the air in 8 minutes or less and save a patient critical, lifesaving minutes while providing lifesaving procedures when transporting a patient to the most appropriate medical facility in the region.