Emergency Medical Transport
OSF Lifeline Ambulance
OSF Lifeline Ambulance, a division of OSF HealthCare, provides immediate, on-scene patient care to those suffering sudden illness or injury. We provide emergency and non-emergency medical transport to any area hospital and work with area fire protection districts.
Each unit is equipped with 12-lead EKG capabilities, which allow transmission from the ambulance directly to the Emergency Department at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, saving precious time if a patient is experiencing a cardiac event.
Advanced Life Support:
ALS includes basic life support (BLS) service in addition to advanced emergency care provided by qualified emergency medical technicians - paramedic. The services performed by ALS personnel include:
- Intravenous therapy
- Cardiac monitor (EKG)
- Cardiac defibrillator
- Drug administration
- Endotracheal airway
- Relief of pneumothorax
- Other invasive procedures
Basic Life Support:
BLS includes non-invasive health care procedures and transportation provided by emergency medical technicians - basic. Services can include:
- Patient assessment
- First aid
- Oxygen therapy
- Bleeding control
- Fracture management
- Treatment for shock
Critical Care Transport Team
Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, the Critical Care Transport Team provides the highest level of care for patients, whether transported by OSF Lifeline Ambulance or OSF Life Flight Helicopter.
Available to 14 hospitals in the 10-county area served by OSF Lifeline, this service is used to transport critical patients from small, rural hospitals to facilities with specialty services. This service is also used to transport patients between Rockford hospitals or from Rockford to larger facilities in Chicago or Madison.
Ambulance crew members are trained in advanced critical care techniques, such as:
- Calibrating and recording pressures for arterial lines
- Pulmonary arterial and central venous catheters
- Drawing blood from an arterial line
- Providing 12-lead monitoring and interpretation
- Caring for patients who require a ventilator, CPAP or Bi-PAP
- Providing patients with temporary pacemakers.
In many ways, the OSF Lifeline Critical Care Transport program provides an intensive care unit on wheels.
OSF Life Flight Helicopter
OSF Life Flight helicopter transports critically ill or injured patients from scenes of emergencies and between hospitals. OSF Life Flight also transports organ transplant teams and emergency medical supplies and participates in search and rescue missions.
The caregivers flying with OSF Life Flight are physicians, flight nurses and flight paramedics who have received special training in advanced cardiac and pediatric life support and pre-hospital trauma management.