Vector Aeromedical gained its CAMTS Conditional Accreditation in October 2017. This is an accomplishment that positions Vector for Full Accreditation status in 2018. The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services’ Board of Directors meets quarterly to consider and accredit new services. The Fall 2017 meeting was held at AMTC 2017 in Ft Worth, Texas.
“We are ecstatic. Accreditation by the CAMTS board is validation that our program is operating at the highest level,” says Vector Aeromedical program director, Andrew Baird. “We know that our critical care crews are some of the best – and now the industry has recognized that as well.”
CAMTS functions as a standard by which medical transport programs are measured. CAMTS accredited its first program in 1991. The accrediting body is made up of several “member” organizations - American Academy of Pediatrics, National Air Transportation Association, and Emergency Nurses Association among others - have representatives serving on the Board of Directors.
During the application period, a team of CAMTS officials evaluates a prospective program. The team conducts an in-depth look at medical protocols, FAA Air Carrier operating procedures, safety practices, financial stability and general adoption of best practices when determining if a program is worthy of accreditation.
Conditional Accreditation allows a program to function under that status for one year. After the first year, the program must upgrade to “Full Accreditation” status. Upgrade of status involves a site visit by a CAMTS delegation.
Vector Aeromedical intends to apply for Full Accreditation status upgrade in October 2018. “We are excited about the next step and look forward to hosting our friends from CAMTS next year. We are confident that they will be impressed with the culture of compassion, clinical excellence and safety”.
Earning its CAMTS Accreditation is just one example of the commitment that Vector Aeromedical makes in an effort to provide the best possible medical transportation program for its patients.
Vector Aeromedical is a fixed-wing critical care service based at the Raleigh-Durham (RDU) International Airport. Their licensed specialty care program utilizes highly trained critical care flight nurses and flight paramedics in their mission to treat and transport patients to and from specialty care centers throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America the Caribbean and beyond. Vector Aeromedical flies critical care missions on its Cessna Citation V jet platforms. Longer range aircraft are also available on a mission-specific basis.