Air Care is staffed by registered nurses (flight nurses) who are experienced critical care professionals with years of critical care experience in prehospital, interhospital and air medical transport.
All Air Care medical crew members are trained and hold certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) and Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS). Air Care crew members also hold instructor certifications for the aforementioned courses.
The Flight Nurse staff completes a Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) exam; as well as, Flight Nurse Advanced Trauma Course. This critical care course is designed to offer extensive training in flight physiology and various aspects of air medical transport. They also have a minimum of 5 years critical care experience prior to being accepted and trained as an Air Care crew member.
Air Care's medical crews participate in surgical skill labs to maintain proficiency in chest tube insertion and surgical airways. All medical decisions and procedures are performed based on time dependent medical management protocols under the direction of the Medical Director. The protocols and procedures are reference based by the latest medical literature and studies current to-date.
The flight crew facilitates patient transports in a state-of-the-art, medically configured helicopter comprised of life-saving and life-support equipment and technology such as: hands-off defibrillation and pacing; transport ventilator; volumetric infusion pumps; advanced cardiac life support drugs and emergency medications; advanced airway equipment; non-invasive and invasive hemodynamic monitors; and blood products, including packed red blood cells and fresh frozen plasma.