Both the Bangor and Lewiston bases are staffed by teams of highly qualified critical care transport flight nurses and paramedics.
LifeFlight nurses and paramedics are required to have years of specialty experience in hospital critical care units. In addition to the critical care experience that each nurse or paramedic brings to the flight team, all new team members receive between 500 and 800 hours of intensive full-time orientation on a wide variety of medical and aviation disciplines from altitude physiology to crew resource management.
The crew's medical capabilities include:
Comprehensive airway management
- rapid sequence induction
- mechanical ventilation
Advanced vascular access and monitoring
- central venous line
- arterial line
- Blood and antibiotic administration
- balloon pump
LifeFlight critical care medical teams are afforded a scope of care and practice that allows all of the initial care in a trauma center hospital emergency department to be delivered directly at the scene. Flight crews must maintain annual training and education competencies in all aspects of critical care medical transport, exceeding 150 hours annually.