By Janice Hudson
Published by Firefly Books, 2010
This is an updated and expanded version of a book which was originally published in 2001 and just as the title says, describes the working life of an Emergency Flight Nurse.
Just about the only thing Janice did not experience was treating a shark attack victim (a rival medical flight team got that experience), but she saw and treated just about everything else: burns, car crashes, cot death, truck crashes, drug-related shootings, overdoses, kids with meningitis, earthquake injuries, hit and run injuries, heart attacks, drownings and jet ski/motorboat injuries, to name but a few.
Not only that, but her work has put her in situations where her own safety has been at grave risk, being more or less trapped in car wrecks as firefighters struggle to extricate the injured people she is helping, having to be winched up to a helicopter as part of a cliff-rescue as well as being on the helicopter when there was a duck strike to the engine and when fire warning lights came on in mid-flight.
She's crammed more adrenaline -fuelled incidents in her working life than the collected population of the average small town, and this fascinating book is the result. Lots of detail, but not too much, which is always a hard tightrope to walk for a medical writer, this book filled me with whole-hearted admiration for the work these amazing crews do, day in, day out.