Intensive-level care that continues in the air.
We are called when patients have life-threatening illnesses or injuries and need our critical care expertise and rapid transport to the right facility...immediately.
Each helicopter carries a pilot and a highly trained medical team of two: a critical care transport nurse and critical care transport paramedic. Coordinated by our communications center, we respond to the scene and work with the local emergency service personnel to stabilize the victim for air transport to the trauma center.
The advanced level of care the patient receives, from the moment we pick them up to the moment we transfer them to the waiting trauma team, can make a real difference in their survival and recovery.
During flight, we contact the receiving hospital and give them an update with current patient information, highlight any concerns, let them know of any immediate needs that should be addressed when we arrive, and brief them so they know exactly what to expect. Once we land, we follow well-established protocols that ensure a smooth transfer of the patient from our care to theirs.
How much does New England depend on our rotor-wing services? A lot more than you probably think:
- Helicopter transports of very sick and seriously injured patients account for 45.8% of Boston MedFlight missions.
- We fly approximately 1,842 helicopter critical care transport missions per year—an average of 5 flights a day.
- Boston MedFlight operates three of the four helicopters based in Massachusetts. They are located at our facilities at Hanscom Field, Plymouth Municipal Airport and Lawrence Municipal Airport.
- Each helicopter always carries a minimum of three crew (pilot, critical care transport nurse and paramedic) and can transport one to two patients.
Our Sikorsky rotor-wing aircraft is based at our headquarters at Hanscom Field. It has an average airspeed of 170 mph and a 350-mile range.
EC145 - Airbus
Boston MedFlight has two, twin-engine EC145 helicopters. Each has an average airspeed of 130 mph and a range of 240 miles.