Island Air Ambulance wins Simulation Cup Competition

Submitted by Island Air Ambulance.

This past October, Island Air Ambulance based in Friday Harbor, was invited to compete in the Simulation Cup Competition at the 2022 Air Medical Transportation Conference in Tampa, Florida. Island Air’s Josh Jensen, Certified Flight Paramedic, and Joe Juntila, Certified Flight Nurse, competed as a team against teams from across North America in a series of high-stress scenarios designed to test the limits of their clinical acumen and multi-tasking skills. The teams performed on stage in a simulated aircraft or a critical access hospital, treating multiple patients at once in simulated situations using high-fidelity mannequins and live actors under the scrutiny of a team of judges.

After two days of competition, Josh and Joe were awarded third place for their outstanding performance. Dr. Jason Heiner, Medical Program Director for Island AirAmbulance, said, “their competitive performance and achievement are evidence of their clinical knowledge and talent and also a testament to their rigorous ongoing training and dedication to excellence. This recognition is well deserved and we are so proud of them.”