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Guardian Flight Opening Aero-Medical Transport Service In Ketchikan


April 04, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - Guardian Flight of Fairbanks announced that it is opening a dedicated Learjet 35 aero-medical transport service that will serve Southeast Alaska. The service will be based in Ketchikan and is a total care aero-medical transport Air Ambulance.

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Learjet 35 Aero-medical transport

Additionally, Guardian Flight will be working with local helicopter, float planes, and Ketchikan Search and Rescue to add additional resources to serve Native Americans, citizens and the many tourists that vacation in Southeast Alaska. Guardian Flight's team is compromised of area healthcare professionals with a combined experience level of over 100 years in medicine.

Expertise areas include Intensive Care Units, rural and urban Emergency Medical Services in States such as Alabama, Florida, Carolinas and Alaska. Other specialties include:

  • Dedicated aircraft with two pilot crews for added safety
  • Operates the only Fairbanks-based air ambulance service providing critical care transport
  • Critical Care Transports performed by Nurse/Paramedic teams, with the addition of Respiratory Therapist (as needed)
  • Inter-facility Transfers to Anchorage, Seattle, or Major Medical Centers including Canada.
  • Rural/Bush Medevacs
  • OB/Neonatal Transports

The Guardian Flight's teams of Registered Nurses (R.N) and Medical Intensive Care Paramedics (MICP) actually live in Ketchikan and function in the community as citizens. the Pilots are on-staff and full time employees of Guardian. Guardian Flight's equipment is owned not leased, which Guardian says means a more through monitoring can be done for maintenance and service.

Critical CARE Inc membership provides financial resources to support education for Alaska's healthcare professionals. Critical CARE Inc collaborates with organizations statewide to make training available. Some of the Critical Care Inc. projects Guardian Flight is a part of are:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor training
  • Interior Region Emergency Medical Services Spring Symposium
  • American Association Critical Care Nurses Spring Conference
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program equipment purchases
  • Evidence based research to improve patient care

The dedication of the Learjet for emergency air service for Southeast Alaska will be held in Ketchikan in May 2005. The date has not yet been announced.


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