Medical expertise

Mayo Clinic's air ambulances are staffed with medical teams made up of Mayo Clinic medical professionals with extensive experience treating adults and children. Mayo Clinic selects nurses, neonatal and pediatric specialists, paramedics, and respiratory therapists based on patient needs.

The medical equipment and medications on board make Mayo Clinic's medical airplane a mobile intensive care unit, a flying ambulance equipped to handle all patients, even those who are critically ill. The flight teams are supported by a team of specialists and critical care doctors at Mayo Clinic, who are available for telephone consultations.

We equip our air ambulances with the necessary medical supplies, including an external defibrillator, an external pacemaker and more than 60 medications. Transport nurses and paramedics can perform critical care procedures such as chest tube placement, surgical airway creation (cricothyroidotomy), central and arterial line placement, and intubation. Mayo Clinic's air ambulance airplane can transport people receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support or cardiac ventricular assist devices with the appropriate complement of care providers.

A Mayo Clinic emergency medical doctor oversees our air ambulances and works with the team to implement patient care protocols and monitor the overall quality of care.