Website revamp!

Scott gave me admin rights to the website, and I’ve gone a bit nuts!


Above: Simon prepping for winch job at Port Waikato


Have a look at some of the new features of the website…..


Core curriculum – this is a work in progress. So far the Podcasts that Andrew Fagan et al. created have been moved here, as well as the obstetric videos that were created last year in conjunction with some of the Auckland midwife educators.

HEMS orientation – a hub for all the orientation information, forms, presentations etc….for the new docs

Equipment training  – all those videos on the computer in the ops room are now available on the website

Simulation – a library of HEMS scenarios


I’m going to keep adding to this – especially the core curriculum side of things. So….watch this space! Let me know if you think of anything that needs to be added or have any suggestions.


MEDUMAT Standard 2 Ventilator

By Dr Brendan Wood – Auckland HEMS Fellow, and Stefan Gabor – Intensive Care Paramedic, Clinical Educator

The ARHT has recently purchased the Weinmann Medumat Standard 2 Ventilator. The introduction of a modern transport ventilator will provide the service with additional ventilation and monitoring modalities to improve the care we can offer to our patients. In addition, our new ventilators will allow us to offer non-invasive ventilation which will be a new modality for many of our team. With additional capabilities comes increased complexity both operationally and clinically. The educational team will be commencing a simulation based curriculum shortly to train duty crew in the use of our new ventilators and in that context we would like to provide resources to maximize your learning. Please note that mechanical ventilation is a vast subject and education around this topic will be ongoing.

Click here to access the education package

Checklists – Part 1

By Damjan Gaco, MD, ARHT HEMS Fellow


The origin story of checklists goes as follows: A pilot in the 1930’s stepped off a newly built bomber and said something along the lines of “that is too much plane for one person to handle”. In an ever more complicated world, those words echo true today – especially in the field of medicine. For example, the act of intubation carries many steps – all important: pre-treatment, induction, intubation, back-up plans, confirmation of tube placement, post-tube sedation, and post-intubation care. A post written two years ago by then Auckland HEMS Fellow Dr. Robert Gooch outlines this ever-complicated environment, and the ultimate goal of reducing burden on clinicians.

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