SkyLife Air Ambulance

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Providing quality air ambulance transportation throughout California


P.O. Box 4

Clovis, CA 93613

Phone: (559) 346-1025 

Fax: 559-292-2403

Lisa Epps, RN, Program Director

                SkyLife is a partnership between American Ambulance and Roger’s Helicopters and provides rapid air transportation for the critically injured trauma and medical patient.  SkyLife started business in 1991 and has safely transported over 5000 patients.  The helicopter is based at Fresno Yosemite International Airport in Fresno, CA and is staffed 24 hours/day with a flight nurse, flight paramedic, and EMS pilot. 


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Helipad Safety

P       No one is allowed on the pad when blades are in motion, unless directed by the crew.

P       Don't approach the helicopter while the blades are turning.

P       Always approach from the front or sides of the aircraft within the pilots’ field of vision.

P       At no time is anyone permitted near the tail of the aircraft.

P       No smoking or running within 100 feet of the aircraft.

P       Secure loose items on the gurney (sheets) and yourself.  Main rotor system can generate gusts up to 100 mph.

P       Flight crew will direct the loading and unloading of patient and equipment, and maintain patient care to the bedside.

P       Flight crew will be responsible for securing the aircraft doors.

P       Do not lift anything higher than your head.  All articles should be carried horizontally.

P       No vehicle is to be driven within 50 feet of the aircraft when blades are in motion.

P       Artificial light should be kept to a minimum during takeoff and landing.

P       Remain clear of the take off area and keep your back toward the helipad/landing zone when the aircraft is departing to protect your eyes from blowing dirt and dust.

P       Do not leave stretchers or gurneys unattended.

Air Ambulance Criteria

Considerations for Air Medical Transport of Trauma Patients: 

(As Outlined by AAMS)

Ø      Lengthy extrication of the patient from the accident site and the severity of the patient's injury requires delivery of critical care team to the accident site

Ø      Structural intrusion of the patient's space in the vehicle

Ø      Patient ejected from the vehicle

Ø      Pedestrian struck at >20 mph

Ø      Unrestrained occupant of a vehicle rollover

Ø      Motorcycle accident >20 mph

Ø      Front bumper of the vehicle displaced >30 inches to the rear, or rearward displacement of the front axle

Ø      Fall from a height of >20 feet

Ø      Penetrating injury anywhere from mid-thigh and above

Ø      Amputation or near amputation

Ø      Scalping or degloving injury

Ø      Severe loss of blood

Ø      Hypotension

Ø      Burns >15% BSA, or burns to face, hands, or perineum

Ø      Injury with neurological deficits

Ø      Unstable or potentially unstable airway (Potential for rapid sequence induction intubation)

Ø      GCS <8 or revised Trauma Score <11

Ø      Age <5 or >55 with multiple trauma

Ø      Adult with respiratory rate <10 or >30, and/or HR <60 or >120


Considerations for Air Transport of Medical/Surgical Patients:

(As Outlined by AAMS)


Ø      Status post cardiac arrest (within 24 hours) patients or acute MI patients

Ø      Unstable vital signs or titrating vasoactive infusions 

Ø      Requires mechanical ventilation

Ø      Unstable airway

Ø      Anti-dysrhythmia medications or temporary pacemaker to maintain cardiac stability

Ø      Acute deterioration of mental status, including the stroke patient

Ø      Immediate invasive therapy required at a hospital

Ø      Indwelling arterial and central venous lines

Ø      Organ transplant patients

Ø      Invasive, therapeutic, and/or diagnostic services not available at a referring facility

Ø      Uncontrolled seizures

Ø      High-risk obstetrics