Sanford AirMed is composed of four specialized flight teams – adult, neonatal, OB, and pediatric – with advanced training in cardiac, trauma, burns, pediatric, OB and neonatal critical care. All teams transport in the helicopter, fixed wing and ground. In addition, Sanford AirMed employs a staff of full time pilots and mechanics to operate and maintain all aircraft.
The adult team consists of registered nurses and flight paramedics with extensive training in the care of the critically ill and traumatized patients. A Respiratory Therapist is available, if needed. The adult team transports medical and trauma patients 15 years and older and responds to all scene response calls regardless of age. When not flying, the adult team members provide support within the hospital to the Emergency Department, Critical Care Units and other areas needing assistance. The team provides care based on established protocols, and is directed by the Emergency Department Physician when on transport.
The neonatal team consists of registered nurses and neonatal nurse practitioners. A Respiratory Therapist is available to accompany the team, if needed. The neonatal team transports all critically ill newborns. The Intensive Care Nursery team works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is directed on transport by the neonatologist.
The OB team consists of registered nurses with high-risk obstetrical care experience. The team consists of a Labor and Delivery flight nurse and a flight medic transporting all OB patients. A combination Intensive Care Nursery/OB team is often utilized to care for mother and baby if delivery is imminent. A Respiratory Therapist is available, if requested. A Perinatologist directs the team with experience in high-risk pregnancies.
The pediatric team consists of Pediatric flight registered nurses from the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a Flight Paramedic. A Respiratory Therapist is also available, if needed. The Pediatric Team transports pediatric patients age 14 and under. A Pediatric Intensivist directs the pediatric flight team on all medical transports.
Pilots and Mechanics
Sanford AirMed employs a staff of full time pilots and mechanics to operate and maintain all aircraft. All aviation employees are trained in their particular specialties. Fixed wing pilots are all ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) rated and fly in a Co-Captain environment. Rotor wing pilots have extensive experience from both civilian and military backgrounds. All pilots and mechanics receive initial and annual training. Pilots attend annual simulator training at either Flight Safety International or Simuflite. Mechanics attend training at factory approved training facilities.