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About Lifeline: Program Description
The Johns Hopkins Lifeline Transportation program provides for all types of transportation with a specialty in critical care. This hospital based program, as one of the first of its kind in this region, it was primarily designed to provide advanced life support and critical care services for patients referred to The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions by physicians and transferred from other hospitals. In an effort to expedite and streamline patient flow into and throughout the Johns Hopkins Medical Systems, an integrated delivery system was developed to meet the demands for all types of transportation. Contractual agreements, which support the various types of transportation (ground, rotor wing and fixed wing) demands have been instrumental to the success of the program.
Lifeline Services Provided:
- Centralized Communications Center (24/7)
- General Transportation (taxi cabs, executive sedans, limousine services, etc.)
- Wheel Chair Van
- Three Levels of Ambulance Service (BLS, ALS, CCT)
- Rotor Wing Program
- Fixed Wing Program
- Specialty Team Transports
- Medical Escort Program
- Intra-Hospital Critical Care Transport Program
- Event Medical Stand-By Units
- Community Support/Services
- Adult, Pediatric & Neonatal
- International & Domestic
By utilizing a team of dedicated staff, the critical care and advanced life support divisions of Lifeline remains one of the most successful and recognizable transport teams in the state.
Our patient population is diverse and includes:
- high risk obstetrics
- severe burns
- neurological compromise
- transplant resource centers
- medical, surgical, trauma
- pediatric and neonates
The program is active in the transportation of high risk patients requiring cardiopulmonary supportive adjuncts such as ECMO, intra-aortic bypass, cardiac assist devices, intra-aortic balloon pump’s, while adding the possibility of transporting patients who require Nitric Oxide therapy as a treatment modality. Approximately, 27,500 transports are coordinated annually through the communications center.