November 05, 2013
Anchorage, AK - Alaska Regional's critical care air ambulance program, "LifeFlight," has received full accreditation for another three years from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS). CAMTS is an independent non-profit organization that audits air medical transport programs.
Participation in accreditation is voluntary, and the process is designed to measure patient care and safety in the transport environment. The accreditation process includes a three-day on-site visit to assess the program. CAMTS reviews the program's practices related to patient safety, quality of care, communication, staff education, as well as flight service safety and maintenance. LifeFlight was first accredited by CAMTS in 2007.
LifeFlight is a fixed-wing program offering services throughout Alaska. Established in 1985, it is the longest continually operating critical care air ambulance in the state and has been accident free since its inception. Alaska Regional is the only civilian hospital in Alaska where fixed-wing aircraft can taxi to the hospital doors, saving time for patients in need of critical care.
For more information about LifeFlight services at Alaska Regional Hospital, call Kjerstin Lastufka at 264-1733.