FRATs Aren’t Just for Bruhs

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When you hear the term “FRAT,” you might think of wild parties, toxic masculinity, and college shenanigans (“Toga, Toga, Toga, Toga…”) But in the world of air medical and critical care transport medicine services, FRAT takes on a whole new meaning. Flight Risk Assessment Tools (FRAT) are the superheroes of safety, ensuring smooth and secure journeys for patients, crew members, and aircraft. So, let’s embark on a hilarious yet informative journey to explore how FRATs prove that they’re not just for the negative stereotypes associated with fraternities. Standby for animated gif…

I. FRAT: The Superhero of Flight Safety

  1. A Different Kind of FRAT: FRAT in the air medical realm stands for Flight Risk Assessment Tools, putting the “F” in Fearless and the “RAT” in risk assessment. It’s the go-to tool for evaluating potential hazards and making air medical missions as safe as possible.
  2. Leave Your Toga at Home: This FRAT does not need togas or wild parties. Instead, it’s all about weather conditions, crew fitness, aircraft performance, patient stability, and operational considerations. So, wear your safety gear and prepare to soar through the skies!

II. FRAT: Spreading Safety Wings

  1. Risk Assessment, Not Hazing: FRATs in air medical services provide a proactive approach to risk assessment. They help identify potential dangers before taking flight, without any initiation rituals or hazing involved.
  2. Standardized Safety: FRATs offer a standardized approach to risk evaluation, ensuring that everyone involved in air medical operations speaks the same safety language. It’s like having a rule book for risk assessment that keeps everyone on the same page.
  3. Mitigate Risks, Not Pranks: FRATs help the flight crew and medical personnel pinpoint potential risks and devise strategies to mitigate them. No pranks or silly antics—just serious business when it comes to flight safety.
  4. Collaboration, Not Frat Parties: FRATs encourage collaboration and open communication among the team members. It’s all about working together to assess risks, share insights, and make informed decisions—no fraternity parties are required!

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III. FRAT: Safety Takes Flight

  1. Flying High with Safety: FRATs ensure that safety soars above all else. By continuously improving and updating risk assessment processes, air medical services ensure a culture of safety that takes every flight to new heights.
  2. FRAT for All: FRATs are not just for fraternities—everyone in the air medical field can embrace the power of Flight Risk Assessment Tools. From pilots to medical professionals, everyone can join the party and prioritize safety above all else.


Flight Risk Assessment Tools (FRAT) in air medical services prove that they’re not just for the negative stereotypes associated with fraternities. These superhero tools ensure safety soars high and wild parties stay on the ground. With standardized risk evaluation, collaborative decision-making, and a commitment to continuous improvement, FRATs play a pivotal role in making air medical missions safe and successful. So, let’s celebrate the power of FRATs and raise a toast to safety in the skies!

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