Activation Criteria

The following criteria suggest use of AirCare for transport:

  • Motor vehicle crash with:
    • Compartment intrusion greater than one foot
    • Fatality in the same vehicle
    • Ejection of the patient
    • Pedestrian/cyclist crash
    • Prolonged extrication
    • Evidence of significant head, chest, abdomen or pelvis injury
  • Motorcycle crash at speed greater than 20 mph with ejection
  • Penetrating trauma (especially to the head, chest and abdomen)
  • Crush injury to head, chest, abdomen or pelvis
  • Fall
    • Adult: greater than 15 feet
    • Child: two times the height of the child
  • Multi-system trauma
  • Major body surface burn or burn involving the face or airway
  • Any spinal cord injury or unstable vertebral column injury
  • Ground transportation more than 30 minutes
  • Glascow coma scale less than 13
  • Drowning or near drowning
  • Any adult or pediatric critical medical illness requiring rapid stabilization and transfer

AirCare Resources

About AirCare

Contact AirCare:

Joshua D. Stilley, MD
Medical Director
Diane Lamb, RN, BSN
Nurse Manager
UI Hospitals and Clinics
Emergency Department
AirCare: Air and Mobile Critical Care Service
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive 1008 RCP
Iowa City, IA 52242