Is the Registered Nurse/Paramedic crew configuration optimal for HEMS? In this podcast episode, we are joined by Dr. Bill Hinckley to discuss advanced practice models. Bill is a rare breed that defines “passion” in HEMS, to say the least. His experience coupled with being an overwhelmingly nice guy led to a lengthy discussion. We did not want to cheat your experience, so we split the podcast episode into two separate parts.
This first part focuses primarily on Bill’s experience as an EM physician, flight physician, and medical director for University of Cinncinatti Health’s Air Care and Mobile Care. We talk about the pitfalls and successes of advanced practice versus standard crew configurations. We touch on specific models involving nurse practitioners, resident-level physicians, and attending-level physicians which leads into a discussion regarding the current state of American HEMS. You don’t want to miss it!