LIFE FORCE Aeromedical


LIFE FORCE is one of the leading air medical services in the Chattanooga region. They operate five different aircraft covering much of east Tennessee and north Georgia, as well as portions of western North Carolina and northern Alabama, an area encompassing over 25,000 square miles. The airframes currently in use are the EC-135 and the Bell 407. The entire service completes over 3000 missions a year, and they operate at the highest standards of critical care transport, Some of the program's highlights include IFR capable aircraft, blood and plasma carried on every flight, and portable ultrasound capabilities.


Fellow Involvement


The EMS fellow will take a very active role with LIFE FORCE as both an assistant medical director and a flight physician. After orientation training, he/she will be considered a full crew member and will fly not as a third rider, but as one of the primary providers, usually with an experienced flight nurse as a partner. He/she will typically fly one 12-hour shift a week. Assistant medical director activities will consist of active involvement in the quality assurance process, including chart reviews and attending monthly quality meetings; protocol and procedure development; and providing training to flight crews. Those with a strong interest in air medical services will truly find the experiences they need to continue working with air medical services in the future. 


Resident Involvement


Residents also have a great opportunity for exposure to air medical services. There is an established elective with LIFE FORCE which involves several shifts of "third rider" observation time, as well as exposure to the quality assurance and provider training and education. Senior residents (late PGY-2 or PGY-3) with a particular interest can participate in an optional program to achieve flight physician status and take shifts ont he helicopter in addition to their regular ED requirements.


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UT College of Medicine Chattanooga     960 East Third Street, Suite 100     Chattanooga, TN 37403     (800)947-7823, ext 6956

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