Help Covid-19 and all critically ill patients get life-sustaining care



In just a few short weeks in March and April, COVID-19 has changed life as we all know it. This extraordinary public health crisis has also affected the way we care for critically ill patients. And we expect these challenges to be with us for the next year or more.
 
You can make a difference for these patients in Maine. 
 
Here at LifeFlight, our teams are on the front lines 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are adjusting to the new normal of head-to-toe personal protective equipment (PPE) and rigorous, lengthy infectious disease procedures. Every day, LifeFlight adapts and learns, in collaboration with the best medical teams across the nation, how to change the way we care for these critical patients and how to protect our crew members during this pandemic.
 
These practice changes are essential for COVID-19 patients to recover and go home to their families. But they come at a cost. Today we are asking for your support. If you are able to make a donation, your gift will cover unanticipated expenses like PPE, biocontainment transport systems, ventilators and ventilator supplies, and newly-developed infection control technologies for the aircraft.
 
Currently, LifeFlight is treating and transporting COVID-19 patients every day. These transports are incredibly complex and tinged with a degree of uncertainty and worry for our crew members. An unexpected challenge for our crew is how the cumbersome PPE inhibits the ability to share verbal and non-verbal communication with vulnerable patients.
 
One of our flight medics, John Malcolm, recently shared his own perspective from the front lines:

“Because I can’t rely on facial expressions that are covered now by a mask, I’m trying to find new ways to convey to my patients that I care; that I’m trying to help them even though I’m behind all of this plastic. It’s incredibly important for me to share that I’m calm, that it’s OK, that we’re going to get through this.”
 
We know that some of you are experiencing your own challenges, economic and otherwise, but if you are in a position to make a donation, you will help COVID-19 patients—indeed all critically ill and injured patients—get the life-sustaining care they need.