AirCare: Air and Mobile Critical Care Service provides emergency medical care to the people of central and eastern Iowa as well as western Illinois with extended coverage capability into Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Missouri.
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The AirCare emergency helicopter service at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics made its first flight in 1979. It was the first hospital-based emergency air medical program in Iowa and one of the first 15 programs in the nation.
Our helicopters and specialty transport ground ambulances rapidly transport critically ill and severely injured patients, delivering medical care en route with an emphasis on supporting high-risk patient populations, including multi-system trauma victims, neonates, pediatric patients, and patients suffering from time-sensitive or complex medical conditions.
AirCare is the only flight program in the state affiliated with an emergency medicine residency program and is the only flight program in the state supplementing their medical crew with flight physicians.
AirCare collaborates with 100 emergency medical services, fire, and law enforcement programs throughout Iowa and the region.
All flights are operated by Air Methods Corporation.
Commission On Accreditation Transport Systems (CAMTS)
CAMTS is an organization of non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services.
The Commission offers a program of voluntary evaluation of compliance with accreditation standards demonstrating the ability to deliver service of a specific quality.
The Commission believes that the two highest priorities of an air medical or ground inter-facility transport service are patient care and safety of the transport environment.
Originally developed through an extensive public comment process and published in 1991, revised every two to three years, the Accreditation Standards address issues of patient care and safety in fixed and rotary wing services as well as ground inter-facility services providing critical care transports. Each standard is supported by measurable criteria to measure a program's level of quality.
Accreditation Standards are periodically revised to reflect the dynamic, changing environment of medical transport with considerable input from all disciplines of the medical profession and serve as a marker of excellence for federal, state, and local governmental agencies, as well as private agencies and to the general public.
In order to obtain accreditation, a medical transport service must be in substantial compliance with the Accreditation Standards.