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Lifeline Transport Marks COVID-19 Milestone

Johns Hopkins recently transported its 1,000th patient who was either known to have COVID-19 or who was under investigation for the disease. No Lifeline staff members contracted COVID-19 during their patient interactions. "This means that our infection control procedures and the model that we are using, which includes a transport safety officer, is successful," says Heidi Hubble, director of operations for Johns Hopkins Lifeline critical care transportation.

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Bringing Johns Hopkins Medicine to Patients

The Johns Hopkins Lifeline transportation team brings advanced life support and critical care services to patients referred to the Johns Hopkins Health System. Since its inception, the Lifeline team has been involved in hundreds of thousands of air, ground and in-house patient transports, and has helped save the lives of many patients, including Denise Ellis and Rodney Matthews.

The Lifeline of Johns Hopkins

One of the first of its kind in this region, The Johns Hopkins Lifeline Transportation program was designed to provide advanced life support and critical care services for patients referred to a Johns Hopkins Health system hospital. In an effort to expedite and streamline patient flow into and throughout the health system, an integrated delivery system was developed to meet the demands for all types of transportation.

Lifeline of Johns Hopkins | Founding a Specialized Patient Transport Program,The Lifeline of Johns Hopkins | Bringing Johns Hopkins Medicine to Patients

Jim Scheulen, Lifeline’s founder, reveals that even critically ill patients can expect safe and advanced transport at rates high above the national average. His guidance on emergency medicine: Build a foundation on exceptional people who are trained to improve patient care in all types of transportation.,The Johns Hopkins Lifeline team brings critical care services to patients near and far. For patient Denise Ellis, that meant an ambulance ride across the state of Maryland in order to receive a lifesaving surgery. And patient Rodney Matthews was transported rapidly when every second counted to save his life.

The Lifeline of Johns Hopkins | Providing Patient Care from the Sky

In 2001, the Johns Hopkins Lifeline transportation team expanded its patient care capabilities to include rotor-wing, or helicopter, service through a collaboration with STAT MedEvac. This extended Lifeline’s reach, giving the team the ability to fly to pick up patients and provide Johns Hopkins’ level of care more quickly to patients from their bed side at other hospitals. In 2021, Lifeline celebrated 20 years of its helicopter division’s accomplishments, including more than 10,000 patient flights.

Jack’s Story | A Journey Home

When Jack Dundee, a patient in the intensive care unit (ICU), made a request to spend his final moments at home with his family, the Johns Hopkins Lifeline team and ICU providers and staff members worked together to ensure his last wish became reality.

The Education of Lifeline | Sustaining a Successful Team

Johns Hopkins Lifeline transports patients experiencing some of the most critical medical conditions. A robust training and education program using simulation and team-based learning builds the skills required to bring the very best of Johns Hopkins Medicine to patients, wherever they may be located.

Ebola Patient Transport Drill | Johns Hopkins Medicine and Lifeline

Designated teams at all of the Johns Hopkins Medicine hospitals have trained for many months to respond to the likelihood that we would care for a patient with Ebola virus disease. To fortify these preparedness plans, a drill was conducted to simulate the transport of two patients with Ebola being transferred from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center to The Johns Hopkins Hospital.