DUSSLINGEN, Germany, and FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – REVA, Inc., with the largest fleet of air ambulance jets in North America, has completed a rigorous re-certification process, earning its third consecutive, multi-year endorsement from the European Aeromedical Institute (EURAMI), both companies announced this week. EURAMI accreditation confirms what officials describe as a continuous, unbroken record of medical care and achievement by REVA.
“We are extremely pleased and proud that REVA’s fleet, its medical and support teams, and full scope of operations have been recognized as consistently providing the high standards of excellence that EURAMI accreditation requires,” said Stuart Hayman, CEO of REVA, Inc.
REVA’s fixed-wing jet air-ambulance fleet – the largest in the northern hemisphere – has been continuously accredited by EURAMI since 2008. Its most recent certification is the result of an expanded audit, reflecting EURAMI’s own “4.0 upgrade,” according to officials at the Institute’s Dusslingen headquarters.
What had been the EURAMI special-care endorsement for fixed-wing air ambulance fleets now includes stringent standards for air ambulances that fly long-range and intercontinental missions, explained REVA Medical Program Director Lesa Armstrong, R.N. REVA is now EURAMI-endorsed for long-range and intercontinental rescue and evacuation in both Adult Critical Care and Pediatric Critical Care situations. “We’re very proud of that,” Armstrong said.
Our mission must represent that major step up in the patient’s actual care. When a remote facility turns a patient over to us, REVA provides a higher level of care than the patient is able to get on the ground.
REVA Medical Program Director Lesa Armstrong
Armstrong described the challenges of the rigorous audit: EURAMI auditors and examiners visited REVA’s newest base of operations in San Diego, Calif. “They wanted to see that we had implemented and carried forward our culture in a consistent and high-level way – REVA’s culture of safety, standardization, and training,” Armstrong said. “When we acquired San Diego, they had to be brought up to those standards, and EURAMI used that newest acquisition as the microscope to examine every aspect of our operations for quality, performance, consistency – all the measures they use.” One of the most challenging, she said, was the standard for remote operations in areas with minimal or no medical facilities on the ground.
In that phase of the audit, EURAMI evaluated REVA’s ability to deliver all the medical skill and equipment needed by the patient. “Our mission must represent that major step up in the patient’s actual care. When a remote facility turns a patient over to us, REVA provides a higher level of care than the patient is able to get on the ground,” Armstrong said.
Accreditation by EURAMI designates a premier quality standard that is often the deciding factor when clients are commissioning especially difficult missions. The institute formed in 1994 in order to guarantee the medical excellence of air-rescue services around the globe by establishing scientific standards for training, research, information and documentation, standardization, and logistics and operations.