Serving People in Need
Take comfort in knowing that Bayflite is ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any medical situation that may arise.
Within minutes, Bayflite's communication center can dispatch helicopter to accident scenes or other hospital facilities anywhere from Charlotte County to Marion County.
When every second counts, placing the aircraft closest to the people in need can make the difference between life and death. Bayflite is available to all trauma and critical care transport patients within a 150-mile radius of each base. One pilot, nurse, and paramedic fly with each helicopter.
Top Notch Credentials
The Bayflite crew is an elite team with top-notch credentials. Bayflite nurses, paramedics, pilots, mechanics, and communication specialists are considered the "best of the best."
Flight nurses and paramedics pursue rigorous continuing education to maintain the excellent skills and judgment required for the job. This includes certification in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, advanced trauma life support, and neonatal resuscitation.
Numerous other credentials are also required. Flight nurses must be certified as paramedics, and hold one of the following certifications as either an certified emergency nurse (CEN), certified flight registered nurse (CFRN), or critical care registered nurse (CCRN). Paramedics must have a minimum of three years in the field with a busy EMS rescue team. Bayflite crew members also interact and train with trauma surgeons and other specialty physicians at hospitals throughout the region.
Bayflite is much more than a flying ambulance - it is among the most advanced aeromedical programs in the state. Each aircraft carries life-saving blood on board every flight. All transport personnel are experienced in providing for the critical care transport needs of the following patients:
- Multisystem Trauma (adult and pediatric)
- Advanced Cardiac Care, including Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump patients
- Advanced Stroke Care
- Pediatric medical/surgical
- Severe burned patients
- High-risk Obstetric
- Acute Medical
Standards of Practice
Bayflite flight nurses and paramedics provide for the rapid assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of critically injured or ill patients of all ages from the scene of an accident or from referring facilities.
Bayflite flight nurses and paramedics assume the responsibility of sharing knowledge about emergency care systems with other members of the health care team, patients, their significant others and the community.
Patients appropriate for this level of transport are those who require critical care practitioners during transport. Another benefit of transport via Bayflite is the reduced out-of-hospital time associated with rapid transport.
The Bayflite aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art critical care transport equipment, including:
- Transport isolette
- Ventilator Support for neonatal, pediatric, and adult patients
- Portable monitor which includes ECG, pulse oximeter, invasive and non-invasive pressure monitoring
- End-tidal CO2 monitoring
- Infusion pump for control of intravenous administration
Bayflite has relationships with tertiary care physicians from the EMS/Trauma Department at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg and St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.
St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, as well as specialty physicians at receiving facilities such as Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Consultation on patient management prior to and during transport is available to the flight crew. The ability of Bayflite to bring trauma care to the scene would not be possible if Bayfront Health St. Petersburg and St. Joseph's Hospital did not commit the resources necessary for a comprehensive trauma system back at the hospital. As Bayflite lands at the scene, hospital personnel in the emergency department, in radiology, the laboratory blood bank, the operating room, critical care units and even pastoral care are put on alert, ready to continue the lifesaving care begun at the scene.
A rigorous ongoing continuing education program is necessary to support the extensive knowledge and skills that are expected of both the flight nurse and the flight paramedic. The following is a list of the skills that the flight nurse and paramedic are trained and prepared to utilize:
- Endotracheal, Nasotracheal, and Retrograde intubations
- Rapid Sequence Induction Intubation
- Surgical airways
- Placement of central venous access via the femoral or subclavian route
- Needle thoracostomy
- Chest tube insertion
- Intraosseous access
- Blood Transfusion