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Specialty Care Services

CareFlite’s specialty care transport (SCT) is a service enhancement to its helicopter program. It is a safe, rapid mode of transport, and patients receive the same quality care. The SCT should be utilized in instances when a critical patient is in need of specialized care, and within a 30 minute drive time of the destination facility. SCT is also an option and available during adverse weather conditions.


SCT (Specialty Care Transport) operates with a three person team including a Flight RN, Flight Paramedic and EMT and should be used for those critical patients who need a high level of care during the transfer but for whom the speed of a helicopter or fixed wing transport is not needed or not available due to adverse weather.

The SCT team includes:
  • A registered nurse with a minimum of five years critical care and/or emergency experience
  • A paramedic with at least four years of progressive 911 experience
  • A certified EMT professional

All SCT nurse and paramedic team members are trained in trauma, cardiac, neonatal, obstetrics, pediatrics, and burn care, as well as cadaver lab proficiency skills. Minimum certifications are Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and/or Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (NRP).

CareFlite SCT has the capability to treat trauma, obstetric, neonate/isolette, and adult and pediatric medical patients. SCT nurses and paramedics are trained to perform:
  • Rapid sequence intubations
  • Endotracheal Intubations
  • Intraosseous insertion
  • Thoracostomy
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Cricothyroidotomy
  • Fetal heart monitoring
  • Subclavian and femoral catheter placement
For CareFlite’s specialty care transport, please call the Communications Center at
1-800-442-6260.