When to Request MedFlight
MedFlight assists regional health care professionals with rapid, efficient critical care transport of patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries.
MedFlight provides on-site assessment and stablizing treatment, rapid air transportation, and in-flight critical care for pediatric and adult patients, including:
- Cardiac patients
- Patients with severe burns, including those requiring hyperbaric oxygen
- Trauma patients, including those with head and spinal cord injuries
- Patients with acute surgical or vascular emergencies
- Patients with acute pulmonary or neurological emergencies
- Patients with a wide variety of critical care needs, including those requiring advanced invasive monitoring and mechanical ventilation.
Trauma Scene Response Scenarios
MECHANISM OF INJURY
- Vehicle collision at > 20 mph with ejected occupants.
- Pedestrian or cyclist struck by a motor vehicle at > 10 mph
- Death of another individual in the same passenger compartment
- Falls > 15 feet
- Multiple patients
- Penetrating trauma or crush injury to the head, neck, chest, abdomen or pelvis
- Unstable vital signs
- Glasgow Coma Score < 10 or deteriorating mental status
- Neurological status suggestive of spinal cord injury
- Obvious unstable pelvic injury
- Major burns ≥ 20% body surface area
- Partial or complete extremity amputations or vascular compromise
DIFFICULT ACCESS SITUATIONS
- Ground ambulance access impeded by road, weather or traffic conditions
- Remote area
- Prolonged extrication time
- Prolonged transport time by ground ambulance
- Utilization of ground ambulance leaves the local community without adequate EMS coverage
For trauma scene responses, MedFlight will transport the patient to the closest Level I or Level II Trauma Center.
For inter-facility transfers, MedFlight will transport the patient to the hospital specified by the referring physician.