“Education is not the learning of facts. It’s rather the training of the mind to think.”

– Albert Einstein


“Heavy lies the crown” is a common misquote of “uneasy lies the head that wears the crown” from Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 2. It refers to the responsibility and insecurity of governing an entire kingdom. Likewise, “heavy lies the helmet” refers to the responsibility we face as critical care transport providers working in an autonomous and often unpredictable environment. Our minds are eased with education that better prepares us for any situation that we may encounter. That is exactly what Heavy Lies the Helmet provides.

Heavy Lies the Helmet is an education company comprised of industry leaders still actively working in the fields of pre-hospital critical care and search and rescue. Through an IA MED partnership, we are an accredited podcast and blog that openly discusses the world of resuscitation and aviation. We highlight caring for critically ill and injured patients in addition to the controversies surrounding their management. Though tailored to the transport environment, our information is applicable to any intrahospital discipline working in an emergency or intensive care setting. We utilize the most recent evidence to provide applicable and accurate education that can assist in improving individual clinical practice and overall program operations.

We offer continuing education units to any listener and/or reader interested in obtaining credit for their progressive learning experience. For more information, please visit our Continuing Education page.



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Mike is an active Flight Nurse and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Heavy Lies the Helmet, LLC. He has 11 years of diverse nursing experience with a heavy focus on multi-disciplinary adult critical care including neurosurgical and cardiovascular specialty areas. He is a strong advocate for staff-driven initiatives, earned autonomy, and mentorship as a Future Flight Crew Mentor for ECHO HeliOps. Mike’s special interests include tactile learning and creative approaches to education.


Bryan Boone, BSN, RN, NREMT, CFRN, CEN

Bryan is an active Flight Nurse, ED Director, and Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Heavy Lies the Helmet, LLC. He has over 18 years of extensive nursing experience that includes intensive care, emergency care, and high level leadership.  In addition to critical care transport, Bryan is Director of a suburban/urban emergency department. He is well versed in unit operations and administration. Bryan’s special interests include cross-program collaboration and research.  He is also fluent in American Sign Language.


Dan Rauh, MS, AG-ACNP, EMT-P

Dan is an active Flight Nurse Practitioner at the University of Cincinnati Air Care, nocturnal Intensivist at a regional referral hospital, and Heavy Lies the Helmet’s Medical Director. He has over 30 years of experience in fire-based EMS; retiring as a career Shift Commander in 2014. Dan has a special interest in high acuity critical care, ECMO, acid/base balance, and simulation learning. He believes that checklists are critical in the execution of high risk procedures, and that life-long learning is the only path to mastery.


Chris Sharpe, CA, CFI(NRCM), EMT-P

Chris is Heavy Lies the Helmet’s Chief Safety Officer (CSO). His experience includes active work as Project Manager, Chief Aircrewman, and Flight Paramedic for HeliSOS HEMS/Rescue Helicopter in Guatemala, and the Chief Aircrewman at Black Wolf Helicopter Operations. Chris has been flying for over 28 years; having over 15,000 flying hours and 6,000 rescue operations to his credit. He is a safety and survival expert, teaching survival techniques to both civilian and military helicopter crews in Guatemala. Chris has been published in AirMed&Rescue and was the recipient of the HAI 2019 Salute to Excellence Safety Award.


john_headshotJohn Prochniak, MA, NRP, FP-C

John is an active flight medic and contributor for Heavy Lies the Helmet who has his Masters in Public Service. He has air and land based emergency service and response experience including 11 years in law enforcement, more than 20 years in fire/EMS, and nearly 15 years in emergency management. John’s flight experience includes all aspects of public safety including SAR as well as the management of a Part 133/135/137/141 aviation corporation. John is a self-proclaimed “aviation nerd” but has a particular interest in human factors as they relate to aviation.


Nick Zuber, MA, NRP, FP-Cnick_headshot

Nick is an active critical care transport medic and contributor for Heavy Lies the Helmet who has his Masters in Emergency & Disaster Management. He is projected to complete his Doctorate in the Winter of 2020. He has over 20 years of 911 emergency response experience including tactical, remote and austere environments. He also has experience with prolonged field care while being deployed over seas. His special interests include root cause analysis and system models.






Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed on the Heavy Lies the Helmet, LLC podcast and blog are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of their employers and their employees. Heavy Lies the Helmet, LLC is not responsible for the accuracy of any information contained in the podcast series available for listening or reading on this site. The primary purpose of this podcast series is to educate and inform. This podcast and blog series is not a substitute for your protocols, medical direction, or sound judgment.