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Emergency Flight Request

Activation Criteria

Physiologic Criteria Emergency Numbers 
Anatomic Criteria Information Needed
Patient Information

Emergency Contact Phone Numbers

For All Flight Requests Please Call (800) 288-8111

For All Other Business Functions with LifeFlight's Communiction's Center Please Call 
(615) 322-3211


Or call direct on a Vanderbilt LifeFlight Direct Access Telephone (Gold Telephone Direct Access Dial)



Physiologic Criteria

  • GCS < 13 (does not follow commands)
  • S/S of shock (rapid HR; altered mental status; cool, clammy, pale skin, etc.) Remember hypotension is a late sign of shock.
  • Pediatric Trauma (may not see s/s of shock until late)
  • Geriatric Trauma (also may not see s/s of shock until late)
  • Hypothermia
  • Airway compromise (actual or potential)


Anatomic Criteria

  • Penetrating injuries to the torso
  • Limb paralysis
  • Limb amputation proximal to the wrist or ankle where bleeding cannot be controlled
  • Trauma combined with burns of > 15% particularly those involving the face or airway

LifeFlight may be placed on standby until initial patient assessment shows that physiologic or anatomic criteria have been met.



Information we need

  • Your agency name and callback number
  • Location of the scene or landing zone
  • Ground contact
  • Radio frequency (prefer 155.205)
  • Brief patient information (status of ABCs/mental status)
  • Has any other Air Medical Service been requested for this flight?


Patient Information

  • Number of patients
  • Adult or pediatric?
  • Extrication in progress?
  • Approximate patient weight
  • Neurologic and respiratory status