May 04, 2005
With a transport time of 56 minutes, the transport time was reduced from approximately 4 hours to less than an hour.
Guardian Flight Site Manager of Medical Operations Ed Fry said a critical component of medicine is time. He said the patient was a 13 year old that was suffering from prolonged seizures that could not be controlled in the village. That extra 3 hour transport could have been the deciding factor of life and death said Fry.
Conducive to continuity of care in air medical transport and care by Medical Intensive Care Paramedics, the air service was a dual effort with Temsco Helicopters of Ketchikan and Guardian Flight. 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.
The Guardian Flight's team is compromised of area healthcare professionals with a combined experience level of over 100 years in medicine.
Guardian Flight of Fairbanks announced in April the opening of the aero-medical transport service. The service is based in Ketchikan and is a total care aero-medical transport Air Ambulance. Guardian Flight started their dedicated Southeastern Alaska Critical Care Air Transport Services on May 1, 2005.