Performing approximately 1,200 neonatal transports per year, the Intermountain Health Care Life Flight Program is one of the largest neonatal transport programs in the Intermountain Region, encompassing Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado. This team of neonatal specialists is nationally recognized for their transport expertise and has provided transport care for infants from coast to coast.
Intermountain Life Flight transport service believes that comprehensive care is initiated during transport and is an antecedent of total NICU care. Team members have extensive expertise and skill at endotracheal intubation, umbilical vessel catheterization, chest tube placement and needle aspiration, obtaining intravenous access, and fluid and drug administration. Collaborating with control physicians from both local and distant Intermountain facilities, as well as non-Intermountain facilities, Life Flight neonatal teams provide critical care from the moment they arrive. In addition to many interfacility transports, the neonatal team is able to respond with a mobile NICU to "out-of-hospital" requests by local Emergency Medical Services.
The Life Flight neonatal teams bring state-of-the-art transport incubators and specialized equipment necessary to provide the best care for the sickest babies with an extreme diversity of illnesses. This team attends deliveries and provides resuscitation and care of premature and very low birth weight infants, infants of diabetic mothers, those with congenital abnormalities, pulmonary hypertension, congenital heart disease, respiratory distress, and other neonatal maladies.
Professional transport services would not be complete without an active outreach education program. For over 25 years, Life Flight Children's Services has provided on-going collaborative education and training in neonatal management to hospital and pre-hospital health care professionals throughout the local community. Additionally, they provide training and education to many of their national and international colleagues at the critically-acclaimed “Current Concepts in Transport Conference” held annually in Salt Lake City, Utah.