AIR CARE: Mercy Flight provides in-flight look at service (video)

Flying is the fastest way to get around.

When it comes to a life-threatening illness – there isn’t any way to get a patient to an area trauma center or hospital faster.

That’s where Mercy Flight comes into the equation. The above video provides an in-depth look at what Mercy Flight is all about once they’re in the air. The paramedics that take care of patients while they’re in-flight to a hospital like Strong Memorial or Upstate University Hospital are second-to-none.

In an interview with New York Upstate John Conceison, Mercy Flight paramedic said, “We can have patients that are on cardiac monitoring, that are on ventilation, that have multiple IVS that are pumped.” He continued, “We can give them sophisticated medications to keep them comfortable.”

They’re headquartered in Canandaigua, but serve the entire region. They were formed in 1992 when they began transporting patients from community facilities — to those regional centers better-equipped to handle serious injuries.

Mercy Flight has now established two other air ambulance teams, which are located in Marcellus and Rome.

Watch the video above to see what it’s like inside the cockpit and read more from NYUp.com