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Lifeline: Program Description

Johns Hopkins Lifeline provides all types of patient transportation with a specialty in critical care. This hospital based program, among the first-of-its-kind in the region, it was primarily designed to provide advanced life support and critical care services for patients referred to Johns Hopkins Health System hospitals and transferred from other hospitals.  In an effort to expedite and streamline patient flow into and throughout member hospitals, an integrated delivery system was developed to meet the demands for all types of transportation. Approximately 40,000 transports are coordinated annually through the Hopkins Communications Center. Contractual agreements, which support the various types of transportation demands (ground, rotor wing and fixed wing) have been instrumental to the success of the program. 

Lifeline Services:

  • Centralized communications center (24/7)
  • General transportation (taxi cabs, executive sedans, limousine services, etc.)
  • Wheel chair van
  • Three levels of ambulance service (basic life support, advanced life support, critical care transport)
  • Rotor-wing program
  • Fixed-wing program
  • Specialty team transports
  • Medical escort program
  • Intrahospital critical care transport program
  • Event medical standby units
  • Community support/services
  • Adult, pediatric and neonatal care
  • International and domestic medical transports

By using a team of dedicated staff, the critical care and advanced life support divisions of Lifeline are among the most successful and recognizable transport teams in the state. 

Lifeline is able to transport a diverse patient population, including patients of all ages in need of care for the following:

  • Cardiac conditions
  • High-risk pregnancies
  • Severe burns
  • Neurological emergencies
  • Transplant medicine
  • Trauma and other surgical needs

The program is active in the transportation of high risk patients requiring cardiopulmonary supportive adjuncts such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, intra-aortic bypass, cardiac assist devices, and intra-aortic balloon pumps, with the ability to transport patients who require nitric oxide therapy as a treatment modality.