For the sickest of the sick: ICU-level care on wheels
Hear “Boston MedFlight” and most people immediately think of our helicopters. But many of our transports—in fact over 40%—are in our critical-care ground vehicles.
Sending hospitals with very sick patients call us when their patients require further technology or personnel. Our ICU-level ground transport is their lifeline to higher-level, specialized care available at the sending facility.
Up to the North Shore to pick up a patient in respiratory failure. Down to the Cape for a newborn clinging to life. Out to Worcester to pick up a cardiac patient on a heart-lung machine who is in need of a transplant. In all conditions, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, Boston MedFlight is there.
- Three critical care ground vehicles are strategically located for rapid deployment and Boston MedFlight has the ability to staff five in total if patient need requires.
- All of our critical care ambulances are configured with Stryker Power Load Systems, which are electric-hydraulic, stretcher-loading systems that increase safety for patients and our teams when loading patients and medical equipment. The stretcher systems have a capacity of 700 pounds.
- In 2013, we completed 1,123 ground missions, an average of three missions per day.
- We serve sending hospitals throughout Massachusetts, southern Maine and New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.
Critical-Care Ground Transport Vehicles
Boston MedFlight has five, state-of-the-art, critical-care ground transport vehicles. Each carries a three-person team: an EMT (driver), critical care nurse and paramedic, plus one patient.