Vanderbilt LifeFlight

The LifeFlight Advantage

Vanderbilt LifeFlight has transported more than 33,000 patients to hospitals in Nashville and destinations around the world. It is Tennessee’s largest not-for-profit air medical transport program, providing service via six helicopters (five bases and one helicopter serves as backup), one fixed wing aircraft (airplane) and four gound ambulances. It has kept an accident-free safety record since its inception in 1984.

Vanderbilt LifeFlight is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Trauma Systems (CAMTS). LifeFlight transports to all Nashville hospitals and has immediate access to the region's only Level I Trauma Center, Burn Center and Children's Hospital, all at Vanderbilt.

LifeFlight is a key part of a trauma system that includes pre-hospital care, definitive care, rehabilitation and injury prevention. 

Experience
Crew aboard a LifeFlight helicopterOur helicopters carry either a nurse/MD, nurse/nurse or a nurse/paramedic team. All RN helicopter crew members are dual licensed with both RN and EMT-P or EMT multi-state licenses. Continuing education and continuous quality improvement are required for flight crew members.

Many LifeFlight crew members offer safety and/or clinical classes for EMS and other medical communities. Classes may also be customized to the needs of your particular organization.

Other strengths:

  • LifeFlight nurses have an average of 10 years of experience in emergency and/or critical care.
  • LifeFlight training covers all clinical areas of care including the adult and pediatric emergency department, Coronary Care Unit, Trauma Center, Burn Center, Neuro ICU, Pediatric ICU, emergency obstetrics and respiratory care.
  • LifeFlight training includes a quarterly surgical skills lab where invasive procedures such as chest tube placement, cricothryroidotomy, pericardiocentesis and femoral line insertion are taught.
  • LifeFlight carries life-saving blood products on every flight.
  • Staff and physicians meet regularly to ensure patient care meets or exceeds national standards.


Medical Control
Jeremy Brywczynski, M.D. standing next to a LifeFlight HelicopterLifeFlight has access to 24/7 on-line medical control. LifeFlight's medical director is Jeremy Brywczynski. Also on staff are physicians from Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Toxicology and Pediatric Critical Care. LifeFlight nurses practice under nationally established protocols for care of the critically ill and injured pediatric and adult patients. The flight crew is linked directly with receiving physicians by phone or radio at any time.

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