Who we are
LifeLine is the critical care transport arm of UCHealth EMS. LifeLine can transport your patients anytime, anywhere in the UCHealth system or to other facilities.
Our communication specialists work with you to coordinate dispatch and communication needs throughout each transport. We also work with communication centers in multiple states and keep accepting providers informed about your patient’s status.
Highly-trained medical response teams can quickly facilitate patient movement and tap in to air and ground assets staged across the state.
Lifeline clinical capabilities
Coordination of air and ground transportation is provided through the UCHealth LifeLine Communications Center, which is centrally located at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
- LifeLine is staffed and available 24/7/365 to arrange your transport needs anytime, anywhere in the UCHealth system or to other facilities.
Patient preparation & stabilization prior to transport
- Treat life threats. Ask:
- Airway patent?
- Breathing – does patient require intubation?
- Intravenous, intraosseous, or central line access? Two or more lines are ideal!
- Need for blood pressure control?
- Blood product replacement required?
- All external bleeding controlled?
- Cervical spine?
- Level of consciousness on arrival at your unit compared to arrival of transport crew?
- Ability to move extremities, follow commands, orientation?
- Current blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, oxygen saturation
- Adequate pain control and sedation?
- Height and weight of patient?
- LifeLine will come to the bedside to assess patient for transport regardless of weight.
- Any special equipment or medications?
- High flow oxygenation
- Obstetric monitoring
- Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP – brand or model?)
- Ventricular Assist Device (VAD – type or brand?)
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
- Any special medications that LifeLine needs to bring?
- Kcentra – prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC)
- Request for family member to accompany patient on transport?
- Time is of the essence with critical care transport. Be ready to give a concise report that includes:
- Events leading to hospitalization
- Injuries or complaint
- Treatments prior to transport team arrival
Helicopter medical air transport
LifeLine currently utilizes two AirBus H125 helicopters operated by REACH Air Medical Services. Our helicopters are based at:
- LifeLine 1 – UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado.
- LifeLine 2 – UCHealth Memorial Central Hospital in Colorado Springs.
These aircraft are configured with state-of-the-art medical equipment that includes Propaq MD-Series Cardiac Monitor/Defibrillators with invasive monitoring capabilities, Hamilton T-1 or Revel ventilators, CareFusion medication pumps, GE handheld ultrasound and LUCAS CPR devices.
Expert medical transport staff
We are capable of both high-acuity interfacility transport and scene response. All of our crews are trained to perform all aspects of advanced critical care interventions.
Our aircraft are staffed with extremely capable pilots as well as critical care flight RNs and critical care flight paramedics.
LifeLine helicopters respond in a 150-mile radius of our bases, Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR) in Loveland, Colorado, and Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs.
Critical care ground transport
Three state-of-the-art ground ambulances are available at all times for ground transport of critically ill and injured patients.
- LifeLine 10 – UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland – operated by UCHealth
- LifeLine 11 – UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora – operated by Falck Ambulance
- LifeLine 12 – UCHealth Memorial Central Hospital in Colorado Springs – operated by UCHealth
Our ground units respond to calls up to 250 miles away.
Patients served by LifeLine medical transport
LifeLine is capable of transporting all critical care patients to include ECMO, LVAD, and Impella patients.
Our teams have extensive training in the care of adult and pediatric patients. They are highly capable in managing trauma, cardiac, neurological and other medical issues.
Contact us: Judson.Smith@uchealth.org