UW Health: Med Flight adds second aircraft for overnight hours

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UW Med Flight expands 24/7 service with two helicopters

MADISON- University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics’ Med Flight service has begun providing emergency medical response with two helicopters 24/7. Med Flight will now have both helicopters in service between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. seven days a week in addition to regular daytime hours. Previously, only one of the two Med Flight helicopter was staffed from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.

“We want Med Flight and our Level I trauma center to be even more accessible in the region,” said Frank Erdman, critical care transport manager.

Erdman says Med Flight data show that in the last year, there were 85 times when a second helicopter could have been used between the hours of 9 p.m. and 9 a.m.

“I anticipate that the use of our second 24/7 helicopter will grow as more regional hospitals and emergency medical services know that there will be better Med Flight access during overnight hours,” said Erdman.

As part of the service expansion, two pilots, two nurses and two full-time equivalent physicians have been hired.

Med Flight is one of only a handful of medical helicopter services in the country to have a physician on every flight. In 2015, Med Flight will observe its 30-year anniversary of providing emergency helicopter services to south central Wisconsin and beyond.