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Medivac chopper used to teach students lesson

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Students from the Academy for Arts, Science, and Technology will get an up-close look at a Medivac helicopter, but fortunately, no emergency services are needed.

Horry County Schools has teamed up with McLeod Health to offer students in the Pre-Med and Pre-Engineering majors at the Academy for Arts, Science, and Technology a unique learning opportunity.

On Thursday, a Medivac helicopter from McLeod Health will land near the school to teach students about the medical services provided during air transport. The event will run from 11:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

"I feel that students these days need exposure to the wide varieties of medicine available to them. Most of my students are aware of opportunities but maybe haven't seen these opportunities first hand," Pre-Med Teacher and Registered Nurse Jennifer Rabon said.

Medivac helicopters have much of the same specialized medical equipment that is found in hospital emergency rooms such as defibrillators, suction, medical oxygen, and many life saving medications. The students will learn how emergency responders use the tools in the confined space of the helicopter and how that treatment can be the difference between life and death for so many patients.

*This even was previously scheduled for Tuesday, but due to weather conditions, it was rescheduled for later in the week.

Flight Paramedic JoJo Turbeville said weather is the first priority, and because of inclement weather Tuesday, the event was moved to Thursday. Turbeville said this happens on real, everyday calls as well.

"Everything we do revolves around safety. Bottom line is we're out here to try and save lives but the mathematics of the situation are we don't wanna kill three people to try and save one life," Turbeville said.

Turbeville said the McLeod Air Reach group receives on average, about one call per day. He said these calls are usually for the most critical patients.

"The other night we went to Chesterfield County and brought a patient to McLeod and we shortened off probably 45 minutes of their transport. And that's 45 minutes of muscle that guy has. The difference between that and going by ground might've meant the difference him living with CHF, Congestive Heart Failure the rest of his life, or him bouncing his grandchildren on his knee," Turbeville said.

Turbeville said the cost to send an aircraft to a scene costs about ten times more than it does for an ambulance. He said, however, it's often times a matter of life or death when the aircraft is called out.

"You kind of get what you pay for. If you're out on Kingstree, you're looking at an hour transport to McLeod or Carolinas or something like that where you can get a heart problem fixed. We're fifteen minutes by air," Turbeville said.

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