LIFE FORCE Aeromedical
Since its inception in 1988, LIFE FORCE has completed more than 26,000 accident-free patient care flight missions. LIFE FORCE stages at locations in Tennessee and Georgia and provides care for a 75 miles radius of each of its aircraft. The following aircraft are used in the program: two Bell 412, single pilot IFR rated aircrafts, one Bell 407 single pilot VFR rated aircraft, and an additional Bell 407 as a back-up aircraft. LIFE FORCE developed the world's first civilian GPS approach procedure. LIFE FORCE subsequently established 17 GPS approaches within its service area to regional hospitals and airports.
By aircraft configuration and design, LIFE FORCE can be of service to critical patients who may have multiple system traumas, head and spinal cord injuries, severe burns and traumatic amputations from motor vehicle accidents, industrial accidents, or any other type of trauma or disaster. LIFE FORCE routinely treats cardiac and respiratory emergencies and critically ill children or adults. They can respond to scenes and hospital to hospital transports. The Bell 412s can carry two critical patients without any aircraft reconfiguration. The Bell 407 is equipped to carry one critical patient. LIFE FORCE may also be utilized in search and rescue missions in some situations.
With LIFE FORCE 1 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, LIFE FORCE 2 in Sparta, Tennessee and LIFE FORCE 3 in Calhoun, Georgia, LIFE FORCE is able to cover areas including Eastern and Middle Tennessee, North Georgia, North Alabama, and parts of the extreme Western North Carolina region. The average flight service area is approximately a 75 mile radius of each base, due to the unique situation and special patient needs. On occasion, LIFE FORCE has flown as far as 150 miles to get a patient.
Following an EM resident specialty crew member orientation program and a minimum of six "orientation flights" late in the EM 1 year, residents will fly along with the LIFE FORCE team as specialty crew member in the EM 2 year and continue throughout the remainder of the residency. While on flight status, EM resident will function as an integral part of the team with the flight nurse and flight paramedic.
The LIFE FORCE Communications Center serves as the Regional Medical Communications Center (RMCC) for Southeast Tennessee. Chattanooga MedComm provides daily communications support to EMS services transporting patients within the region, provides access to EMS physician consultation and coordinates medical resources during a disaster or mass casualty incident. The communications center also provides support communications for the Southeast Regional Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Our RMCC was the first in the State of Tennessee and set the standard for the other RMCCs throughout the state. This entity is extremely important and vital in prehospital medical direction and the emergency medicine residents are expected to be very active in online medical direction and participate in the regional MedComm committee. This aspect of training and familiarization of organization is vital in understanding this major component of the EMS system.
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