At its core, LifeFlight strives to ensure people everywhere in Maine have access to critical healthcare when they need it most. We do this by providing a statewide air ambulance service that transports critically ill and injured patients, following the highest quality of care and rigorous safety standards.
Our crew brings lifesaving equipment
and expertise to emergency scenes and community hospitals throughout the state. LifeFlight complements and supports the work of local physicians, mid-level providers, nurses and local emergency medical services (EMS) in caring for the critically ill and injured.
The Human Patient Simulator (HPS) program, operated by LifeFlight of Maine, has the ability to travel across the state bringing emergency medical education directly to rural communities. Through this program, facilitators, who are medical crew members of LifeFlight, provide a unique, hands-on experience for medical providers in local hospitals, EMS agencies, clinics or educational institutions. These sessions can be customized to meet specific training needs. Participants use advanced computerized manikins to practice skills ranging from basic life support, like assisting respirations, to advanced interventions like intubation. These are designed to be completed in a controlled, realistic environment. The manikins use new wireless technology, so are completely portable and can be setup anywhere. All that is needed is space and a power supply.
When an accident or other critical injury or illness threatens life or limb, there is no substitute for quickly mobilized, highly skilled emergency medical providers working together to ensure patients receive the care they need. LifeFlight’s specially trained paramedics and critical care nurses bring intensive care skills and equipment directly to the patient, and twenty percent of the time, that means directly to the scene of an accident.
When landing at unprotected landing zones on the sides of highways, fields, or clearings in the woods, safety is paramount. LifeFlight has developed resources and training programs to assist EMS and public safety agencies in establishing scene landing zones.