By Suzanne Wedel, CEO and Medical Director, Boston MedFlight
Accidents happen with no consideration to time, place or financial status. When trauma occurs, patients do not have the ability to choose between convenient care and life-saving treatment. When Boston MedFlight arrives on a scene, most likely the patients and their families are facing the worst crisis of their lives. We strive to offer exceptional care and provide comfort the best way we can while safely transporting patients to Boston Medical Center and other hospitals in our region.
Boston MedFlight is a critical care transport service, with bases in Bedford, Plymouth and Lawrence, that brings seriously ill and injured patients throughout New England to a consortium of Boston hospitals, including Boston Medical Center. . Through the use of state-of-the-art ground critical care vehicles, three helicopters and one fixed wing jet aircraft, Boston MedFlight provides critical care transport services to 2,700 patients a year.
Boston MedFlight is the link for the sickest patients between community and tertiary care. Most importantly, MedFlight will transport a patient to whatever hospital is best suited to meet that patient’s specific needs, even if that institution is not part of the consortium. Boston MedFlight’s expert crew collaborates with receiving hospitals and shares the details on a patient’s condition before arriving at the hospital. As the only adult ground and air critical care transport resource in the area, Boston MedFlight completes missions that others cannot.
Boston Medical Center worked alongside five other academic medical centers in the region to help form Boston MedFlight in 1985. MedFlight is a non-profit organization that does not receive any public funding, but the founding consortium of Boston hospitals still contribute 20% of MedFlight’s annual operating budget and are committed to continuing to invest in quality and safety.
With an overarching commitment to safety and clinical excellence in critical care medicine, Boston MedFlight complies with standards established by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems. Our staff offers safety education courses, identifies potential hazards, and investigates safety related events through debriefings identifying any areas for improvement. Our staff and crew are exceedingly well-trained; Every Boston MedFlight clinical team member participates in an ongoing and individualized educational program including case reviews and annual clinical rotations at partner hospitals in areas such as high-risk obstetrics, pediatric and adult respiratory therapy, pediatric and adult operating room, SICU (surgical intensive care unit), radiology, intra-aortic balloon pump management, NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), ATLS, and EMS.
With this commitment to safety and support from founding institutions such as Boston Medical Center, Boston MedFlight has been able to provide safe critical care transport to more than 49,000 patients over the past 27 years.
We are very proud of what we do for our patients and recently we hosted our seventh annual pediatric reunion to bring together families with the Boston MedFlight team who transported and helped treat their children. The reunion serves as a therapeutic experience every year for the children and their families and gives the Boston MedFlight crew members an opportunity to see the children whose lives they helped save. It means a tremendous amount to our crew, and for the families its closure and a time for them to say thank you.
Boston MedFlight is our region’s link to world-class health care when it’s critically needed and we are proud to partner with Boston Medical Center to provide exceptional care to all in need.
For more information on Boston MedFlight, visit www.bostonmedflight.org