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Baptist Health helicopter to assist with mock accident at Jacksonville High on April 24

Complete with realistic accident victims and help from the local law enforcement, Baptist Health MedFlight, the health care systems’ air ambulance, will be conducting its Prom Night educational community service program on Jacksonville High School’s football field at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24.

During the educational event, a mock accident scene is created to show the consequences of drinking and driving by depicting a car wreck involving teenagers in a fatality accident with injuries. The program takes the students step-by-step through the events as it would take place in real life including the call as it comes through 911, the patients being transported for medical care, the drunken person being handcuffed and placed in custody to the deceased being transported away by the coroner. The program’s objective is to keep kids from drinking and driving.

In addition to Prom Night events, Baptist Health MedFlight makes more than 490 transports annually from across the state. Celebrating 30 years of operation, MedFlight is equipped with life support systems and staffed by emergency medical care professionals who work to stabilize and treat patients during transport.

MedFlight also conducts Landing Zone classes taught by the transport crew and flight coordinators to educate emergency medical services staff on how to set up a helicopter landing site at the scene of an accident. This training provides first responders continuing education credits they are required to earn each year.

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