What Does Safety Look Like? The Center for Medical Transport Research and Medevac Foundation


For the past seven years, Nurstory has been working with, first, The Center for Medical Transport Research, and more recently, with The Medevac Foundation, to help crash and near-miss survivors figure out why nurses (and pilots and medics) often don't know what safety looks like.

Personal accounts of experiences concerning safety, from those working on the front lines of the transport industry …

Each digital storytelling workshop participant has a different story to share with their peers, to enhance our safety culture. Some of the stories involve an actual crash; others focus on the everyday occurrences of becoming complacent, not speaking up for whatever reason, or not being prepared. Some involve doing the right thing, such as the positive impact of safety training, using night vision goggles, and utilizing restraints. Others show the impact felt by family members following an accident or incident. While the stories may be difficult to listen to, we owe it to ourselves and our team members to do so, in the fight against complacency.

The MedEvac Foundation gives thanks to all of our safety story participants.
If you or an individual you know may be interested in contributing a story,
please contact Krista Siek at ksiek@aams.org

The MedEvac Foundation International also wishes to say thank you to MedFlight in Columbus, Ohio, for funding the Center for Medical Transport Research (TCMTR) and the digital sorytelling workshops which produced the digital safety stories. Special thanks to Cathy Jaynes, former Director of TCMTR, for her vision to create the safety story project, and to Rod Crane, former CEO of MedFlight for his unwavering support.


Attending this workshop and telling my story was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Throughout the workshop, I couldn’t help but think of the powerful training tools these workshops and digital stories could be. We have all seen training and marketing videos about how patients were miraculously saved by providers. I doubt many have seen a video of a healthcare provider talking about an error that caused patient harm or death, or a near miss that could have. Yet, these things happen every day. These are the stories that other providers need to see, hear, and learn from, if we are to truly make our industry safer for patients. These are the stories that second victims need to see and hear, to realize that they are not alone, and that perhaps sharing their story will prevent other victims.
— Sally McCabe - Empathy Trainer, Intermedix Corporation