The National EMS Pilots Association has created a management tool that can save numerous lives and millions of dollars for less than the cost of a full tank of fuel on an average air medical helicopter. The Cultural Health Assessment and Mitigation Program for Safety (CHAMPS) is a survey-based tool for air medical service providers to use to evaluate their safety culture. Proper application of the data collected by the survey can assist managers in identifying specific conditions in their organizational culture that could increase the risk of a catastrophic accident if not recognized and mitigated. The CHAMPS survey also provides larger operators with the option of comparing the safety cultures of multiple programs or bases where these have their own distinct management structure and culture.
With the average national price for jet fuel at $5.29/gal and a typical air medical helicopter fuel capacity of 160 gallons, it costs about $846 to fill the tanks on a single aircraft. For $500, an air medical provider can administer the CHAMPS survey to all, or to selected members of their organization.
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