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Medical Center of the Rockies

Scene transport resources

For quick, convenient helicopter dispatch, call Air Link at Medical Center of the Rockies at 855.405.5454.


Identify and communicate potential hazards

  • Notify the flight team of obstacles and obstructions: trees, telephone poles, antennas, power lines, debris, signs, livestock, etc.
  • Note wind direction, speed and weather.

Preparing the area and patient

  • Keep LZ clear from pedestrians and auto traffic (further than 300 ft.).
  • Keep rescue apparatus back 100 ft.
  • Always establish landing and take-off direction into the wind.
  • Ensure approach and departure path are free of obstacles.
  • Take note of what is in the route between the patient and the landing zone.
  • Turn on light source when aircraft is five minutes from arrival.
  • Approaching the helicopter
  • Make eye-contact with the pilot.
  • Never go near the tail rotor - running or not. Always walk around the front.
  • Never approach the helicopter while the blades are turning, unless you are escorted by a crew member.







 Criteria for transfer

  • Glascow coma scale of <14 or deterioration of score.
  • Penetrating trauma.
  • Spinal cord injury.
  • Major chest wall injury.
  • Wide mediastinum / signs of great vessel injury.
  • Cardiac problems.
  • Pelvic injury including pelvic ring disruption or fractures with shock.
  • Multiple system injury.
  • Burns covering more than 10% of body surface, in critical areas or in patients <10 and >50 yrs. old.
  • Electrical burns / lightening injury.
  • Complicated pre-existing medical conditions with new onset.
  • Limb reattachment.
  • High risk OB.
  • New onset stroke-like symptoms.
  • Time-critical conditions.
  • Significant mechanism of injury.
  • Multiple victim potential.








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