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Children's Hospital Colorado Flight For Life team is the only pediatric transport team in the region and is accredited by the International Commission for the Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems. Children's Hospital Colorado partners with St. Anthony's Hospital, a part of the Centura Health System, and St. Anthony’s Flight For Life team to provide emergency flight transport for the region’s pediatric trauma patients.
Flight For Life covers a six-state region, including Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming. The program uses helicopters, fixed-wing planes, and has access to a Lear jet for journeys beyond 500 miles. Medical control utilizing standing protocols and radio/telephone communication is provided by the neonatology department, emergency department and pediatric intensive care units at Children's Hospital Colorado.
Flight For Life nurses specialize in emergency and critical care management of infants and children. They are trained extensively in providing assessment, intervention and care of the critically ill or injured patient. Training includes:
Flight For Life respiratory therapists are registered respiratory therapists with specialization in respiratory care and emergency management of pediatric and neonatal patients. They are trained extensively in assessment, management and monitoring of acutely ill or critically injured patients. Duties include provision of respiratory care along with assisting the flight nurse with care and procedures. Care provided by respiratory therapists includes: