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John's Jobs: Sanford AirMed Flight Nurse

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It's a job where you need to watch your weight, can't be squeamish and work to help save lives. It's the job of being a flight nurse with the Sanford AirMed team and this week it was our John Trierweiler's job.

Sanford AirMed flies four helicopters and four airplanes out of Fargo, Bemidji, Sioux Falls and Bismarck, averaging about 60 flights a week.

When the tones go off for an AirMed flight request, pilots check the weather to ensure it's safe to fly. Once they're clear on weather, they'll head out and respond to their call.

Once they arrive on scene, a quick assessment will be given by the flight nurse and medic. Checking papules, making sure the patient is oriented, breathing correctly and not in too much pain.

Loaded on the helicopter, they'll work to keep the patient stable on the aircraft and on the way to the hospital. Then unload on top of the hospital and take a short elevator ride down to the ER.

After a quick report is given to the ER staff, the flight crew heads back to the helicopter awaiting their next flight. When asked if our John Trierweiler really has what it takes to join the team:

"We do require a lot of experience once you get your certifications, but we'd polish up those edges and you'd do great," said Sanford AirMed Medic, Rod Wirth.

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