NHRMC VitaLink Critical Care Transport Receives AAMS Award of Excellence

December 21, 2016
WILMINGTON, NC – New Hanover Regional Medical Center VitaLink Critical Care Transport has received the 2016 Critical Care Ground Award of Excellence from the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS).

NHRMC VitaLink is part of a comprehensive critical care transport program offering air medical transportation, ground mobile intensive care units, as well as basic, intermediate and advanced life support medical transportation.

AAMS Critical Care Ground Award of Excellence recognizes an individual or team that has made an outstanding contribution in a dedicated critical care ground program in any of the following areas: enhancing safety, education, leadership, patient advocacy by developing or promoting improvement of patient care in the medical transport community.

NHRMC’s critical care transport services were recognized for their innovative and advanced approach to delivering care. Among the program’s accomplishments:

• VitaLink was the first emergency medical services agency in the country accredited by the College of American Pathologists as a point of care testing lab. The team can initiate advanced medical care even before the patient arrives at the hospital.
• VitaLink was among the first agencies in North Carolina to carry tranexamic acid, a medication used to prevent excessive blood loss from traumatic injuries, on all its vehicles and has participated in multiple clinical trials and research abstracts.
• VitaLink helped rewrite the North Carolina State Office of Emergency Medical Services rules guiding pre-hospital systems, EMS continuing education, and specialty care transport requirements.

“It is a great honor for VitaLink to receive the AAMS 2016 Critical Care Ground Award of Excellence,” said NHRMC Director of Critical Care Transport John Popella. “Since its inception, VitaLink Critical Care Transport has worked tirelessly to improve patient outcomes with a continuous focus on quality care and a culture of safety for patients and providers.”

For more information on AirLink/VitaLink, visit www.nhrmc.org/services/emergency/airlink-vitalink.