AirMed was established in 1972 as the 8th air medical transport program in the nation. In 40 years of existence, AirMed has grown into an award winning air medical transport service.
Early on the on-duty AirMed team consisted of two adult/pediatric nurses and paramedics. Two pilots flew the two available helicopters. Both teams were stationed at the University of Utah. At first AirMed was responsible for employing the pilots and maintaing the aircraft. Later we teamed up with Air Methods to employ the best pilots and mechanics in the industry. In the following years an agreement with Primary Childrens hospital and the University of Utah was established where Primary’s would be responsible for transporting all neo-natal patients thirty days and younger through their flight service and AirMed would be responsible for all High-Risk Pregnancies.
The first helicopters and airplanes had gas-powered piston engines that eventually were traded out for jet-engine, or turbine powered aircraft. Two helicopters were kept at the University of Utah and one airplane at the Salt Lake International Airport. Today we have have multiple bases in two states and the most advanced technology in professional aviation.
As medical technology has advanced so have our practices and policies. We use the most state-of-the-art equipment available that ranges from monitoring arterial lines, entidal Co2, 12-lead EKG, and more. Cutting-edge airway technology is used to include the use of video laryngoscopy, advanced portable ventilators to the use of intubating laryngomask airways. We are also able to perform balloon pump transports.
Although aircraft and uniforms have evolved over the years, the mission has stayed the same, to provide the patients in our care with a safe, fast, reliable mode of medical transportation to an appropriate healthcare facility.