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SPR-SUM 2016

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36 PIERCE / SPRING 2016 At the same instant Molly Bondurant '14 is just beginning to learn the ropes at her frst day on the job as head fight nurse on Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART). She plans to take plenty of time to learn the aircraft, how to buckle in tight, and how to communicate with her new team. She's never fown before, not even in an airplane, so the preparation seems a good idea. But emergencies don't follow a script and only four minutes into her frst shift, the alarm sounds. Time sud- denly become her fercest rival. "Instantly, my heart rate went to about 200," Bondu- rant recalls. "So going out the door, I haven't mentally prepared. We quickly gather the equipment, load the stretcher, check weather, and of we go." The goal is to be of the ground in less than 10 minutes. Faster is bet- ter. Every second critical. It is only after lift-of that the response team learns any details of the emergency. That information is never released prior to the pilot confrming weather so that it does not infuence the decision about accepting or declining a fight. The scene of the accident is remote, so the copter will land in a feld where an ambulance is waiting to take them the rest of the way. Each call is uniquely complex and extremely high stress, Bondurant soon learns. On this frst call, the crew was required to "hot of-load," meaning they will need to exit the aircraft while the rotor blades are still

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