The team transports patients ranging from those who require minimal monitoring to those who are in need of clinical care to their new destinations.
ShandsCair’s ground team keeps the vehicles well-stocked with medical supplies such as medications, ventilators and balloon pumps at all times. Vehicles also include equipment for hemodynamic monitoring, which allows paramedics to measure patients’ blood pressure, blood flow and oxygen in the blood.
Having worked in the health care field for more than a decade, Thomas said there has been more than one instance when a patient made him feel proud to do his job.
“You meet amazing people. You witness amazing stories where someone shouldn’t have survived and they did,” he said. “On a daily basis, we know we are truly having a positive impact on someone else’s life, whether that be through a simple smile or something we did clinically to improve someone’s chance of survival.”
Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, Thomas said the ShandsCair teams work together to give patients a second chance at life.
“When someone shows up in a ShandsCair shirt or fight suit, you know you’re getting top-notch, quality care.”