Boston MedFlight

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MedFlight helicopter on Interstate 495 in Middleboro, Massachusetts

Boston MedFlight (BMF) (incorporated as New England Life Flight)[1] is a non-profit organization that provides emergency scene response and emergency interfacility transfer in Eastern Massachusetts. BMF is headquartered at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts with a second base at Plymouth Airport in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Overview[edit]

BMF operates one BK 117 C1, one EC-145[2] helicopter with another on order, one Sikorsky S-76 C++ twin engine helicopter, three critical care ambulances, with two spare ambulances, and a king air 200.[3]
BMF transports emergent patients regardless of their ability to pay and is financially supported in part by a six hospital consortium of the following:

BMF is a Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) accredited critical care transport service.[5] BMF was a founding member along with UMass LifeFlight and Hartford LifeStar of the New England Air Alliance, now known as the North East Air Alliance.[6]

History[edit]

  • 1980- American College of Surgeons recommends development of a helicopter transport system for Massachusetts
  • 1984- Boston MedFlight is created and a hospital consortium formed to develop helicopter service
  • 1985- June 26 Boston MedFlight transports its first patient
  • 1992- Second aircraft added to fleet and stationed at Plymouth, Massachusetts airport to expand service to southeastern Massachusetts, the Cape and the Islands.
  • 1993- 5,000th patient transported
  • 1995- North aircraft moved from South Boston to Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford.
  • 1998- Ground critical care transport service developed in partnership with Armstrong Ambulance
  • 1999- Fixed wing service developed in partnership with Eastern Air Charter
  • 2002- 20,000th patient transported
  • 2003- Independent licensure for ground critical care transport obtained and third helicopter added to fleet
  • 2004- Second ground critical care transport vehicle added to Plymouth Base to work in conjunction with the helicopter
  • 2006- Night vision goggle (NVG) capability in all helicopters
  • 2008- State of the art medical simulation center begins at Bedford Base
  • 2009- 40,000th patient transported
  • 2010– 25 years of operation celebrated[7]
  • February 23, 2011- Boston Medflight Nurses and Paramedics successfully organize with the Massachusetts Nursing Association.[8]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=N72EH
  2. ^ http://www.verticalmag.com/news/article/Boston-MedFlight-orders-second-EC145-for-fleet-replacement#.UoBZwfltiTQ
  3. ^ http://www.bostonmedflight.org/vehicle.html
  4. ^ http://www.bostonmedflight.org/index.html
  5. ^ http://www.camts.org/content/view/73/71/
  6. ^ http://www.neaa.us/
  7. ^ http://www.bostonmedflight.org/timeline.html
  8. ^ https://www.massnurses.org/news-and-events/archive/2011/p/openItem/5903

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°27′57″N 71°16′48″W / 42.4658°N 71.28°W / 42.4658; -71.28