DOCTORS

CareFlight doctors are specialists or senior registrars in one of the three fields of critical care: anaesthesia, emergency medicine or intensive care.
These doctors, equipped with mobile intensive care units, are able to provide hospital-standard treatment to the seriously ill and injured at the incident site and while in transit. They administer blood transfusions, sedate and intubate patients and place them on life support systems.

CareFlight runs a Pre-hospital Trauma Course which teaches the doctors additional skills in caring for the critically injured outside of the familiar hospital environment. Our doctors also undergo operational training, during which they learn and practice winch rescue operations, radio procedures and safety and survival.

NURSES

CareFlight employs registered nurses for our Top End Medical Retrieval Service and for our CareFlight International Air Ambulance Service.

All our flight nurses are experienced critical care clinicians. They have current certification in Retrieval Nursing, Advanced Life Support, Immediate Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and/or Trauma Nursing Program (TNP) or Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC). We employ the only flight nurses in Australia who are trained to use a helicopter winch to reach patients from the CareFlight TIO rescue helicopter.

Our training and equipment are standardised, giving us the ability to move nurses from base to base.

Paramedics

Our Westmead rapid response helicopter carries a CareFlight specialist doctor and a specially trained intensive care paramedic on secondment from NSW Ambulance.  They work as an integrated team; the paramedic liaises with other first responders and also supports the doctor who is then free to focus on the patient.

CareFlight provides specialist paramedics to major offshore oil and gas projects. This means the industry’s remote and isolated facilities have a primary medical response capability for ill or injured workers. For critical cases, the paramedics are supported by our tele-medicine and retrieval services.

Integrated Aeromedical Crews

CareFlight doctors, nurses, paramedics, pilots and aircrew train and work together as fully integrated aeromedical crews. Each crew member knows exactly what their role entails, when to be in command and when to stand back and allow another crew member to take charge. The result is a highly efficient and effective aeromedical team.

Governance, Quality of Care and Safety Control Systems

A focus on clinical governance and case review, building on our outstanding work to implement world class mechanisms such as CareBundles, an innovative tool developed by our doctors to enhance clinical governance. The process provides a checklist-type mechanism for managing and monitoring the most common types of trauma. The CareBundle process has been adopted by the Hunter New England Local Health District retrieval service and is being considered as part of a larger collaborative governance (including benchmarking) process with other retrieval organisations in North America and Europe. 

In addition to our third party accreditation for Quality (ISO 9001) and Quality in Healthcare (Core Standards in Healthcare), CareFlight achieved accreditation for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (AS 4801).

Careflight Doctor Treating Patient
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DOCTORS

CareFlight doctors are specialists or senior registrars in one of the three fields of critical care: anaesthesia, emergency medicine or intensive care.
These doctors, equipped with mobile intensive care units, are able to provide hospital-standard treatment to the seriously ill and injured at the incident site and while in transit. They administer blood transfusions, sedate and intubate patients and place them on life support systems.

CareFlight runs a Pre-hospital Trauma Course which teaches the doctors additional skills in caring for the critically injured outside of the familiar hospital environment. Our doctors also undergo operational training, during which they learn and practice winch rescue operations, radio procedures and safety and survival.

CareFlight Nurse

NURSES

CareFlight employs registered nurses for our Top End Medical Retrieval Service and for our CareFlight International Air Ambulance Service.

All our flight nurses are experienced critical care clinicians. They have current certification in Retrieval Nursing, Advanced Life Support, Immediate Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and/or Trauma Nursing Program (TNP) or Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC). We employ the only flight nurses in Australia who are trained to use a helicopter winch to reach patients from the CareFlight TIO rescue helicopter.

Our training and equipment are standardised, giving us the ability to move nurses from base to base.

Paramedics

Paramedics

Our Westmead rapid response helicopter carries a CareFlight specialist doctor and a specially trained intensive care paramedic on secondment from NSW Ambulance.  They work as an integrated team; the paramedic liaises with other first responders and also supports the doctor who is then free to focus on the patient.

CareFlight provides specialist paramedics to major offshore oil and gas projects. This means the industry’s remote and isolated facilities have a primary medical response capability for ill or injured workers. For critical cases, the paramedics are supported by our tele-medicine and retrieval services.

Integrated Aeromedical Team

Integrated Aeromedical Crews

CareFlight doctors, nurses, paramedics, pilots and aircrew train and work together as fully integrated aeromedical crews. Each crew member knows exactly what their role entails, when to be in command and when to stand back and allow another crew member to take charge. The result is a highly efficient and effective aeromedical team.

Medical Preparation

Governance, Quality of Care and Safety Control Systems

A focus on clinical governance and case review, building on our outstanding work to implement world class mechanisms such as CareBundles, an innovative tool developed by our doctors to enhance clinical governance. The process provides a checklist-type mechanism for managing and monitoring the most common types of trauma. The CareBundle process has been adopted by the Hunter New England Local Health District retrieval service and is being considered as part of a larger collaborative governance (including benchmarking) process with other retrieval organisations in North America and Europe. 

In addition to our third party accreditation for Quality (ISO 9001) and Quality in Healthcare (Core Standards in Healthcare), CareFlight achieved accreditation for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (AS 4801).