Every second counts when a critically ill patient must be transferred to another medical facility. That’s why we created SkyHealth, a state-of-the-art emergency helicopter service that greatly reduces the time a patient spends outside of the acute care environment. Flying over traffic at 135 miles per hour, the SkyHealth helicopter offers patients the most expedient and safe route to -and from- any medical facility in the New York and Connecticut region.
On average, it takes 10 minutes from the time a call is received until lift-off. Though flight times vary depending on distance and weather, the helicopter can often cover 25 miles in about 10 minutes.
The helicopter is equipped with the same sophisticated critical care technology available in the most innovative of operating rooms, emergency rooms and intensive care units. The medical equipment aboard the helicopter includes:
● Mechanical ventilators
● Cardiac and invasive channel monitoring
● Cardiac defibrillator
● Transcutaneous and venous pacemakers
● Advanced isolette transportation system for infants and neonates
● Fetal heart monitor
● Intra-aortic Balloon Pump
The in-flight medical team is also able to perform:
● Video laryngoscopy
● Oxygen saturation, capnography, invasive and non-invasive temperature monitoring
● ECMO transportation
The SkyHealth medical flight team, a crew of paramedics and nurses, has the highest level of training in emergency, pre-hospital and critical care disciplines. Dual-credentialed in New York and Connecticut, they have experience in multiple specialties from advanced cardiac life support to neonatal care.
The team undergoes an intensive 3-month training program at North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Center for Learning and Innovation, Emergency Medical Institute and the Bioskills laboratory. This comprehensive training includes simulations and clinical rotations in trauma for adults and pediatrics.
Our clinicians have tens of thousands of hours logged for in-flight experience and a solid medical footing after years in the emergency, pre-hospital and critical care settings.
SkyHealth pilots and mechanics, trained by Med-Trans, have an extensive aviation background with either the U.S. military, law enforcement or Federal Aviation Administration. All pilots have in-flight training, and some serve as instructor pilots, teaching and maintaining aviation standards. Med-Trans also requires all pilots to undergo quarterly in-flight and simulated reviews, a safety standard few companies conduct.
SkyHealth is based centrally on Long-Island and the Eastern I-95 Corridor in Connecticut. It is available for any sending hospital in the Northeast region to make transfers into any hospital of choice within New York or Connecticut. Destinations in additional states are available if the sending facility is within New York or Connecticut. The aircraft is capable of flying 150 miles non-stop. A higher mileage range is possible based on refueling and weather.
SkyHealth also manages helipad infrastructure at hospitals designated and credentialed as trauma centers including:
● North Shore University Hospital, Level I Trauma center
● Staten Island University Hospital, Level I Trauma center equipped with a specialized burn unit
● Southside Hospital, Level II trauma center
● Children with trauma, injury or critical care needs will be flown to NSUH, and transported by ambulance toCohen Children’s Medical Center located two-miles away.
● Yale - New Haven Hospital, Level I trauma center
● Yale – Bridgeport, Level II trauma center equipped with a specialized burn unit