Guidelines and Transport Forms
Most people who need emergency medical care can be appropriately transported by ground ambulance. The sickest patients, however, need the critical care and speed that LifeFlight provides.
LifeFlight has developed a series of resources to ensure the transfer of critical information while minimizing transfer time.
These documents are meant to be helpful guidelines, but they should not replace decisions about transport based on sound medical judgment.
Benefits of a LifeFlight transport include: decreased response time and length of transport; availability of highly trained medical crews and specialized equipment; and increased access to specialty care facilities when the patient requires specific or timely treatment. These benefits can be realized in both scene calls and interfacility transports.
LifeFlight of Maine is just one part of the statewide emergency healthcare network, or chain of survival, that includes everyone from first responders, dispatchers and paramedics to emergency room nurses and physicians, and specialists at regional medical centers. Everyone in that network or chain needs to be at their best in order for the patient to survive.
Advanced education and frequent training help maintain a strong chain of survival. LifeFlight offers training in both critical care and aviation safety
to emergency medical providers across the state.
Remote Access Project
In an effort to improve response time for scene calls involving remote snowmobile, ATV and recreational accidents, LifeFlight has been working with state and local agencies and clubs to establish landing zones along Maine’s extensive recreational trail system. So far, the project has identified more than 100 landing zones in isolated and rural areas. Large standardized signs displaying the site's unique GPS coordinates have been erected at more than 40 of the LZs.
Learn more about the project and how you can join the effort