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Published: Apr 19, 2013

By Tampa General Hospital


April 19, 2013 (Tampa, FL) - An international organization that focuses on quality medical care and patient safety in air and ground medical transportation has awarded Tampa General a three-year accreditation to its air medical transport program, Aeromed. It is the first time Tampa General has earned recognition from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS). The CAMTS accreditation process consists of a comprehensive documentation review and a three-day site inspection by two CAMTS surveyors.

The review focuses on compliance to standards for program management and quality, patient care, communications and safety. TGH started the accreditation process in 2011. Aeromed flight crews had to demonstrate completion of extensive educational requirements related to patient safety, critical care, and other advanced clinical skills. Flight nurses also had to complete advanced certifications to meet CAMTS standards.

The site survey included inspections of five Aeromed base facilities, the communications center at the hospital, and the helicopters. Surveyors also reviewed documentation and conducted interviews with pilots, mechanics, communications specialists, and medical flight crews. They also interviewed COO Deana Nelson and CNO Janet Davis. During the closing conference, surveyors identified Aeromed Medical Director Dr. Catherine Carruba as one of the “program’s strengths.” Dr. Carrubba, a board certified adult and pediatric emergency physician, was recognized for developing evidence-based medical protocols for the program. She also serves as medical director for the Hillsborough County Mass Casualty program.

CAMTS consists of representatives of 21 organizations from the medical and transportation industries including: the Aerospace Medical Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Association of Critical Care Transport, the American College of Surgeons, the National Air Transportation Association and the United States Transportation Command to name just a few.