International Life Flight provides specialty care flights. Or, the International Life Flight Foundation conducts charitable flights for sick or injured people who fall under the criteria for such flights. Such flights are paid by way of donations to the Foundation. The specialty care International Life Flight would be providing using the aircraft is described below.
ECMO or ECLS – A ‘lung bypass’ or ‘lung-assist’ transport. The patient is on specific equipment that is maintaining the life of the patient by oxygenating his or her blood directly. Sometimes this requires a team having the machine, a perfusionist, a nurse and often a physician.
NICU and/or PICU - Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care. Neonates are sometimes severely premature, as small as 8 grams, but require a lot of equipment to maintain life support. Our aircraft have the room and range to support the transfer of a NICU/PICU team and incubator, blender (blending oxygen and nitrogen), cart and specialized monitoring equipment.
High Risk Maternal – complications during a pregnancy and/or because of the increase in in-vitro fertilization, there has been an increase in multiple birth pregnancies. As a result, several specialist groups have been created at hospitals in Phoenix and Phoenix is often a destination.
Balloon Pumps- A balloon pump is a device that assists the heart when the heart is unable to create enough blood flow to keep the body alive. It is another form of cardiac life support.
Bariatric- Growing in need, this is the transfer of morbidly obese patients that simply cannot be moved on a weight sensitive aircraft, and need special accommodations in door size and bed.
Government/Fema/’grey work’ – Aircraft that are capable of flying worldwide can often attract specialty charter that requires a larger asset with broader range. Contracts are sometimes subject to the availability of a larger aircraft operating with the CDC and the WHO. (Example: the Ebola outbreak resulted in over 40 cases of jet medical transport that required six feet of working space in the cabin between the practitioner and the patient during times of indirect care/monitoring.)
For more information about Specialty Care Programs please call 1 (480) 420-4047.