By Staff Writer | June 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | EMS
The Mayo Clinic’s Mayo One HEMS program has added a second American Eurocopter EC145 to its fleet. Mayo One’s first EC145 was received in February 2008. The two EC145s are replacing two Eurocopter BK117 B-2s. Using the two EC145s, a Eurocopter BK117 C-1 and a backup BK117 B-2, the clinic serves three helicopter bases in Rochester, Minn., Mankato, Minn. and Eau Claire, Wis. Each base covers a 200-mile radius, allowing the Mayo Health System to serve southern Minnesota, western Wisconsin and northern Iowa.
The Mayo Clinic chose the EC145 because of its large, well-equipped medical cabin, said Paul Drucker, Mayo One’s director for air operations. The cabin’s space and facilities allow Mayo One’s crew to "provide Mayo Clinic [quality] care outside of large institutions," he said. Also important is the EC145’s ability to carry an enhanced stretcher, which is Mayo One’s Clinic’s preferred form of patient transport. Finally, the EC145 was selected because of its advanced IFR, autopilot, and terrain awareness/collision avoidance systems.
The Mayo One service was started in 1984 and now flies more than 1,000 flights a year. According to the Mayo Clinic, about one-third of Mayo One transports are trauma patients, one-half are cardiac patients; about five percent are neonatal and the remainder are patients with various medical conditions. Mayo One is operated by Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, which also has a fixed-wing Cessna CitationJet ambulance and numerous ground ambulances.