Orlando Health is home to Central Florida's only Level One Trauma Center. Our Air Care Team, the helicopter ambulance service, supported by the airborne emergency transport unit, responds to the scene and transports calls and serves all Orlando Health hospitals, the team also provides assistance and support to other hospitals located throughout Florida based on medical necessity.
Our Air Care Team treats each patient with efficiency and compassion. We know that no one plans for these traumatic events, so we want our patients to get back to the highest quality of life possible. We facilitate an organized, multidisciplinary response system that helps patients return to their prior level of function and interaction within society.
This continuum of care includes injury prevention, EMS and medical oversight of pre-hospital care, appropriate triage and transport, resuscitation and emergency care, surgical intervention, intensive and general acute care, rehabilitative services, behavioral health, social services, community re-integration plans and medical care follow-up. Our Air Care Team is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to provide safe and reliable transport to our most critically ill patients.
A Brief History of the Air Care Team:
The Air Care Team began operations on October 13, 1984 and completed their first scene flight and patient flight on November 17, 1984, which involved two patients from Florida's Turnpike in Osceola County. Since then, our Air Care Team has flown more than 27,000 patients with more than 1.7 million accident-free rescue mission miles. This includes nearly 5,000 patients originating from Osceola County alone. Our Air Care Team plays a significant role in trauma and critical care services by responding quickly and providing definitive care within the "golden hour" - the first hour after a traumatic injury occurs. Seriously injured patients have a 15-20 percent higher chance of survival if they receive care at a trauma center within the golden hour. Orlando Regional Medical Center saw 4,200 trauma patients in 2005, making Central Florida's only Level One Trauma Center one of the most comprehensive trauma centers in the state.
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