LifeFlight strives to improve patient care by upgrading our specialized equipment and adding new technology. You can help assure that LifeFlight has state-of-the-art equipment by adopting a particular item of interest or making a donation to the campaign. LifeFlight is committed to serving all Maine people regardless of their ability to pay. In 2011, nearly thirty percent of our patients will have no insurance. LifeFlight must rely on the generosity of private donors to help cover our capital needs – including expensive medical equipment.
The i-STAT is an advanced, handheld blood analyzer that provides real-time, lab quality results within minutes. This means the crew can perform blood tests while in flight and use the results to adjust the treatment and care given to the patient.
Some of the most critically ill cardiac patients can require four, five or more intravenous (IV) lines for fluids and medications. A few short years ago, these patients would have been considered too sick to even transport. But with these state-of-the-art infusion pumps, the LifeFlight crew can manage up to six different IV lines and make sure patients can get to the care they need.
Night Vision Goggles
Nearly half of all LifeFlight’s calls occur after dark. With night enhanced vision (NVG), pilots and crew members can see landing zone obstacles such as wires, towers, trees and rocks while flying in the dark. This improves safety and protects the aircraft’s precious cargo.
LTV 1200 Ventilator
The respiratory therapy-quality, critical care ventilator can meet the airway needs of literally any patient. It can be programmed to control ventilation based on either volume or pressure; that is, the crew can set it to provide a specific volume of air or provide air up to a set pressure.
MD Propaq Monitor
These monitors diagnose a patient’s vital signs so treatments can be modified as necessary. They have been specifically designed for air medical transport—with special attention given to vibration, weight and ease of use in challenging field situations. Special characteristics make it critical for pediatric and therapeutic hypothermia, and improve airway management for every patient.
The isolette is critical for the sickest infants. It monitors vital signs, delivers oxygen and maintains a constant ambient temperature, creating a self-sustaining, nurturing environment for newborns.
Intra-aortic Balloon Pump
These pumps are used to stabilize and manage patients whose heart is not pumping effectively. LifeFlight’s aircraft and crews are capable of transporting these patients, but must currently rely on scarce IABPs from a referring hospital. To improve patient care and safety, LifeFlight needs to acquire a specially-designed cardiac pump made for aircraft.
Two units of universal donor blood are carried on every flight. Most ambulance services do not have donor blood on hand, so LifeFlight is critical for patients who have suffered severe internal or external bleeding, or have medical forms of anemia.
For more information on how you can help support LifeFlight’s medical equipment campaign, contact the Foundation at 207-230-7092 or email Development Director Christopher Hamilton.