NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Vanderbilt LifeFlight team added a new airplane to their fleet, allowing them to provide emergency transportation to anyone anywhere in the United States.
The Pilatu PC-12 turbo prop is slightly larger than LifeFlight’s previous plane and is based at the Nashville International Airport.
They said the type of people transported on the airplane reflect Vanderbilt’s unique services, bringing the highly-specialized Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center right to the patients.
It transports people of all ages that are critically ill, need transplants, burn care, and critical pediatric services.
The airplane has a range of 1,742 miles and can cruise at 300 mph.
It’s equipped as a mobile intensive care unit with full life-support capabilities. Blood is even available for an inflight blood transfusion if necessary.
“We use the most state-of-the-art equipment available, which includes digital capnography, invasive line management, and intra-aortic balloon pump transports,” explained John Kennedy, RN, EMT, chief flight nurse over the airplane. “We utilize cutting-edge airway technology including video laryngoscopy, advanced portable ventilators, and a variety of adjuncts for securing difficult or complex airways for all age groups.”
Vanderbilt LifeFlight has provided long-range emergency airplane service since 2014.