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Requesting LifeFlight

Requesting LifeFlight

Requesting St. Mary's LifeFlight Services

LifeFlight Dispatch Number (800) 426-0911
St. Mary's Patient Transfer Line for ER to ER or Trauma transfers call (877) 485-7200
All other transfers and direct admissions call (812) 485-7878

Types of Response

Two types of response may be requested from LifeFlight:

  • Immediate dispatch (definite need for aircraft).  LifeFlight lifts off after weather checks.
  • Stand-by (possible need for aircraft).  LifeFlight pilots check weather and lifts off in an average of three minutes after definite need is verified.

If you are requesting an immediate launch, this means that you want the aircraft to be heading in your direction right away.  When this is requested, our dispatcher will put you on hold, tone out the LifeFlight crew and the pilot will do a weather check to make sure that it is safe to fly.  If the weather is good, the crew will head to the aircraft and lift off is accomplished in an average of five minutes.

After LifeFlight has lifted, if it's decided that we are no longer needed, you may contact our dispatch center and cancel the service.  There will be NO fee charged to the requesting agency and there will be NO fee charged to the patient.

When LifeFlight is requested to be on standby, the pilot will first do a weather check.  If the weather is good, the crew will immediately go to the aircraft and prepare for departure.  The aircraft WILL NOT lift off until the requesting agency tells the LifeFlight dispatch center to launch the aircraft.

Appropriate Documentation for Patient Transport

  • Copy of chart
  • Make sure required documentation is completed
  • Sending/receiving physician
  • Mode of transport
  • Risks vs. benefits
  • Stability of patient
  • Signed by family or patient
  • Receiving RN name and phone number
  • Copy of "face sheet: with contact information of family members
  • Obtain receiving room and bed number, if able

Be Prepared to Give the Following Information:

  • Your name, agency affiliation, call back phone number
  • Type and extent of injuries/illness
  • Patient location
  • Approximate patient age and weight
  • Requested destination and receiving physician
  • Treatment rendered to patient up to time of call and most current set of vital signs

If on scene, additional information needed:

  • Description of landing site using landmarks that can be recognized by air
  • Radio frequencies for ground-to-air communication  

Call LifeFlight for the conditions listed below.  If you have any questions and or require any clarification, please call us for assistance.


  • MVCS involving:
    • Prolonged extrication
    • Ejection from vehicle
    • Death of occupant in same vehicle
    • Pedestrian vs. car
    • ­ Multiple victim
  • Drowning
  • Systolic blood pressure less than 90 mm Hg or requiring aggressive fluid therapy to maintain above 100 mm Hg
  • Severe hemorrhage
  • Sustained tachycardia
  • Penetrating trauma to head, neck or torso
  • Age < 12 or > 55 with multiple trauma
  • Burns>20% of body surface area, electrical in origin, or with respiratory involvement


  • Glasgow Coma Scale < 12
  • Lateralizing neurological findings
  • Penetrating or depressed skull fracture
  • CT showing subdural or epidural hematoma
  • Spinal cord injury or unstable spine fractures

Airway & Thoracic Trauma

  • Airway compromise
  • Need for mechanical ventilation
  • Substantial chest wall injury
  • Evidence of aortic or great vessel injury

Abdominal & Pelvic Trauma

  • Evidence of intra-abdominal trauma, such as rigidity, bruising, or a positive diagnostic study
  • Grossly bloody urine, stool or emesis
  • Pelvic fracture


  • Limb amputation
  • Contaminated, open long bone fractures


  • Continuous intravenous vasoactive medications
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Unstable airway or potential need for mechanical ventilation
  • Acute ischemic event (extremities or intestinal) requiring urgent diagnostic and therapeutic treatment
  • Aortic aneurysm, dissection or rupture
  • Significant gastrointestinal hemorrhage
  • Unstable poisonings requiring critical care stabilization
  • Uncontrolled seizure activity
  • Decompression illness requiring hyper baric therapy
  • Time dependent issue surrounding organ transplants
  • Severe hypothermia (<82 F)
  • Acute CVA


  • Cardiogenic Shock, Acute MI
  • MI patients with thrombolytic contraindications or who have failed thrombolytics or otherwise determined to be a primary angioplasty candidate
  • Patients requiring acute intervention not available at referring institution


  • Patients experiencing or at high-risk for respiratory failure
  •  Need for invasive airway procedures
  • The following unstable vital signs:
    • Respiratory rate < 10 and > 60
    • Systolic blood pressure < 60 in neonate
    • Systolic blood pressure< 65 between 3 months and 2 years
    • Systolic blood pressure < 75 between 2 and 5 years
    • Systolic blood pressure < 80 between 6 and 12 years
  • Near drowning with signs of hypoxia or altered mental status
  • Status epilepticus
  • Acute bacterial meningitis
  • Unstable toxicological syndrome
  • Hypothermia
  • Multiple trauma

High Risk Obstetrics

  • Anticipated need for NICU services beyond the capacity of referring institution
  • Premature labor or rupture of membranes less than 34 weeks or estimated fetal weight less than 2000g
  • Severe pre-eclampsia or eclampsia
  • Abruptio placenta or placenta previa
  • Fetal hydrops


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