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Scene Response

Indiana University Health LifeLine operates a fleet of the industry’s most advanced air and ground units, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our comprehensive fleet provides advanced, emergency scene response to communities throughout Indiana and beyond. We provide priority access to the Level 1 trauma centers of Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and IU Health Methodist Hospital. Our scene response is used in traumatic situations where rapid, emergency procedures and transports are needed as a life-saving measure. We provide emergency critical care while emphasizing EMS safety, effective operations and skilled, compassionate staff. 

Scene Response Equipment

IU Health LifeLine helicopters are equipped with advanced technologies to provide the highest level of emergency scene response for trauma patients. During a scene response, we are fully prepared with life-saving equipment. The life-saving equipment and PPE is predetermined, preassembled and quickly available to ensure safety and accuracy during scene response. Some of the life-saving scene response equipment includes:

  • Liquid Oxygen creates the ability to transport patient on ventilators further distances
  • Blood provides greater ability to stabilize and treat trauma patients 
  • Inverter converts electric power, enabling crews to use specialized medical devices during transport
  • Diesel Generator provides hospital-level power back-up should the need arise
  • Medical Air Compressor provides medical grade air to optimize patient care
  • High Frequency Ventilator primarily used on neonatal patients to deliver high respiratory rates
  • i-Stat Handheld Blood Analyzer provides fast, accurate and reliable laboratory results
  • Isolette maintains environmental conditions such as temperature, oxygenation and environmental protection suitable for neonatal care

Air Transport
In addition to these onboard technologies, the helicopter itself has advanced technologies to allow IU Health LifeLine to fly when others cannot. Some of these features include: IFR (instrument flight rating) and GPS approach, advanced avionics, including HTAWS (Helicopter Terrain Avoidance Warning System), TCAS (terrain avoidance collision system) and satellite tracking. Learn more about the EC145.

Learn more about landing zone training and education.

Landing/Lift-off Safety Guidelines

  • Never approach the aircraft unless directed by the pilot and/or medical crew.
  • Cover your eyes. Wear helmet and eye protection if asked to approach the aircraft.
  • Keep vehicles at least 50 feet away.
  • Keep crowds at least 100 feet away.
  • No objects or people should be in the middle of the LZ.
  • Do not use flash cameras or white lights.
  • Do not run.
  • Do not smoke.

View the full Landing Zone Setup Safety Card.