Team players: Integrating pilots and air med crews

Many air medical programs face a dilemma when it comes to sharing aviation knowledge with medical crews: how much is too much?

Educating nurses and paramedics about topics like weather, navigation, and aircraft systems can make them more valuable partners in crew resource management. But some pilots worry that such training only leads clinicians to doubt their pilots’ judgment, encouraging them to interfere in matters they don’t fully understand. Their concern reflects a fundamental distrust between medical crewmembers and the people who fly them, with crewmembers too often suspecting that their pilots are trying to kill them, and pilots suspecting that their crewmembers are trying to get them fired.


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