Emergency Flight Request

Emergency Flight Request


Activation Criteria

Physiologic Criteria Emergency Numbers
Anatomic Criteria Information Needed
Patient Information

Emergency Contact Phone Numbers

For All Flight Requests, Please Call (800) 288-8111

Or call direct on a Vanderbilt LifeFlight Direct Access Telephone (Gold Telephone Direct Access Dial)

For All Other Business Functions with LifeFlight's Communications Center, Please Call (615) 322-5557

Referring facilities may request Critical Care Ground Transport by calling 1-866-803-4307.

Physiologic Criteria

  • GCS < 13 (does not follow commands)
  • S/S of shock (rapid HR; altered mental status; cool, clammy, pale skin, etc.) Remember, hypotension is a late sign of shock.
  • Pediatric Trauma (may not see s/s of shock until late)
  • Geriatric Trauma (also may not see s/s of shock until late)
  • Hypothermia
  • Airway compromise (actual or potential)

Anatomic Criteria

  • Penetrating injuries to the torso
  • Limb paralysis
  • Limb amputation proximal to the wrist or ankle where bleeding cannot be controlled
  • Trauma combined with burns of > 15%, particularly those involving the face or airway

LifeFlight may be placed on standby until the initial patient assessment shows that physiologic or anatomic criteria have been met.

Information we need

  • Your agency name and callback number
  • Location of the scene or landing zone
  • Ground contact
  • Radio frequency (prefer 155.205)
  • Brief patient information (status of ABCs/mental status)
  • Has any other Air Medical Service been requested for this flight?

Patient Information

  • Number of patients
  • Adult or pediatric?
  • Extrication in progress?
  • Approximate patient weight
  • Neurologic and respiratory status