Airlifter of the Week: Airman 1st Class Kayla Vait
Congratulations to Airman 1st Class Kayla Vait, 374th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, on being the Airlifter of the Week!
Vait delivers 24/7 routine, urgent and emergent nursing support for 11,000 beneficiaries. She also performs field triage, emergency care and basic life support for real-world disasters and contingency exercises.
Vait has a mind for continuous process improvement and has been an integral part of the Flight’s multiple improvements. She identified the need for new venipuncture hubs that decrease the potential for secondary blood draws, therefore reducing additional pain to the patient and reducing wasted supplies. She also recognized the need to streamline the way we discharge patients and created a process to standardize a process for all 26 personnel.
Additionally, Vait has proven that readiness is a priority. Her readiness prepared her for a recent emergent 911 call where she and her partner were called to respond for a Japanese patient's laceration injury. Upon arrival at the scene, she realized that the extent of the patient's injury was severe and that he was losing too much blood. They quickly applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. She expertly identified that the patient status was deteriorating and voiced the risk in waiting for Tokyo Metropolitan Ambulance Services to arrive and made the decision to transport the patient back to the Urgent Care for immediate care, ultimately saving his life.
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