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Blood Administration
The Staff for Life Helicopter Service is one of the only air medical helicopter services in the state to carry two units of packed red blood cells on every flight. For patients requiring rapid infusion, this blood may be used to prolong the survival of the patient prior to arrival to the hospital.

 

STEMI Activation
Initial management and coordination of emergency transfer for a patient experiencing a heart attack or STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction), improves a patient's chance of survival. The Staff for Life Helicopter Service's medical team has extensive training and proven experience in the reading and interpretation of 12-lead EKGs in transport. This capability allows the air medical team to contact local hospitals to activate their cardiac catheterization lab team, reducing the time from the patient's onset of a heart attack to the time of coronary intervention. This decreases the length of time the heart muscle goes without oxygen, and improves patients' survival and overall outcome.

 

 

Balloon Pump Transport 
An intra aortic balloon pump is a device used in many cardiac catheterization labs that supports the heart during times of severe cardiac distress. The Staff for Life Helicopter Service transports the pump between facilities that may not have a cardiothoracic surgeon available.
Neonatal Transport
Transports of critically-ill premature infants is a service provided by Children's Hospital utilizing The Staff for Life Helicopter Service.

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