Flight Paramedic- Certified (FP-C)
Every paramedic is a Flight Certified Paramedic (FP-C), within two years of being hired. This means they are experienced in providing critical care medicine during flight. Specifically, our paramedics are experts in airway management and scene response. FP-Cs are required to have a knowledge base in cardiovascular, neuroscience, pediatrics, neonatal, respiratory and trauma. We also require FP-Cs to have a minimum of three years emergency medical services (EMS) experience in a busy 911 system and have an average of 15 years experience. This level of expertise enables our FP-Cs to provide advanced life-saving treatments to complex critical care patients in need.
Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN)/Pediatric Critical Care Nurse (PCCRN)
Every adult/ pediatric transport is staffed with a Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN). On every pediatric/ neonatal transport a Pediatric Critical Care Nurse (PCCRN) is on every transport. LifeLine nurses are board certified in critical care nursing and flight nursing. IU Health LifeLine requires all nurses to have a minimum of three years of experience and advanced certification specific to their area of expertise.
Highly Skilled Clinicians
To provide additional support in specialized cases, many transports require a third team member who is skilled in a specific area of medicine. We provide highly skilled clinicians for the following service lines:
- Neonatology: A Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) is on board the most critical neonatal transports. A NNP is a master's prepared nurse that specializes in infant disease processes, diagnosis and is skilled in procedures such as line placement, intubation and newborn resuscitation. Lifeline NNPs work in the Riley NICU and have various levels of experience in critical newborn care as well as attendance at high risk deliveries.
- Registered Respiratory Therapist: Our Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) are on every neonatal transport and complex pediatric cases. They must maintain advanced training as a neonatal pediatric specialist (NPS) and have a minimum of three years experience in critical care focused specifically on pediatric/neonatal care. They must also have specialized training in advanced airway management, high frequency ventilation and specialized gas therapy.
- High-Risk Obstetrics Nurse: Each transport for our high-risk obstetrics patients utilize specially trained labor and delivery/obstetrics nurses in addition to our standard crew. Utilizing nurses with specialized training in obstetrics provides women with high-risk pregnancies or fetuses in imminent distress a higher level of care.
What Makes IU Health LifeLine Unique
IU Health LifeLine requires superior training and experience for every member of the crew. In addition to flight certifications, we provide full-motion simulation training. This full-motion training is unique because there are only a few full-motion simulators for helicopters in the United States.
All crew members are required to maintain clinical competencies in advanced clinical management and invasive procedures. Our crews are trained in a full-scale Laderdal Human Patient Simulator at The Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall to develop and maintain their level of skill for all patient demographics. The patient simulator’s realistic anatomy and clinical functionality based on complex, real case studies of patient transports teaches clinical decision-making skills during realistic patient care scenarios.
Crew Resource Management
All members of the IU Health LifeLine crew complete Crew Resource Management (CRM) courses. CRM teaches crew members how to operate safely and efficiently inside a helicopter. Cornerstones of the program include: leadership, team building, communication skills and decision-making.