Mayo One Helicopter — Staff

Mayo One Helicopter is staffed by at least two medical professionals. Crew configurations may consist of two critical care flight nurses or a critical care flight nurse and a critical care flight paramedic. Neonatal and pediatric specialty teams from Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, in Rochester, Minnesota, are available when needed.

The in-flight team is supported by specialists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota who are available for telephone or radio consultations.

Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, is an accredited adult and pediatric Level I Trauma Center. This recognition by the American College of Surgeons designates health care facilities that have the resources and staff to deliver the level of care required for trauma patients.

Medical director

A Mayo Clinic emergency medicine specialist and a trauma surgeon oversee Mayo One Helicopter. A pediatric consultant oversees pediatric care, and a neonatologist oversees neonatal care. The doctors work with the paramedics, respiratory therapists and nurses to implement patient care protocols, monitor continuous quality improvement, and conduct and complete medical research.

Medical equipment

The medical equipment and medications on board transform Mayo One Helicopter into a mobile emergency room or intensive care unit equipped to handle nearly any critically ill or injured patient. Sophisticated onboard equipment allows the flight team to monitor a patient's heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and carbon dioxide and oxygen levels. The flight team uses external defibrillators, external pacemakers and other advanced-level equipment. Blood is carried. Mayo One Helicopter carries a portable lab analyzer that measures arterial blood gases and other lab values. Mayo One can transport patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support or cardiac ventricular assist devices with the appropriate complement of care providers.