Life Link III
Saving the minutes that really matter
St. Luke’s is a member-owner of Life Link III, a non-profit organization providing emergency helicopter and airplane transportation for patients requiring critical care.
When someone suffers a traumatic injury, every minute matters in providing the specialized care they need. That’s why it’s so important that Life Link III’s helicopter service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transport. By strategically locating its aircraft throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin, Life Link III is able to decrease the time it takes to transport patients to St. Luke’s from accident sites or other hospitals.
Life Link III’s clinicians have years of hospital intensive care, emergency department or 911 experience to bring to patient care. With access to the latest on-board medical technology, Life Link III’s clinical staff are able to monitor and treat critically ill or injured patients, including:
- Multi-system trauma patients
- Spinal cord injury/neurological patients
- Head injury patients
- High risk obstetric patients
- Newborn intensive care patients
- Cardiac, pulmonary and internal medicine patients
- Burn patients
- Limb reattachment patients
- Transplant patients
- Pediatric trauma and medical patients
Life Link III’s transportation services are accredited by CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transportation Services), ensuring the highest standards of quality and safety are met on every transport. Life Link III was established in 1985 as one of the first non-profit consortiums in the country to transport critically ill patients by helicopter. St. Luke’s joined the Consortium in 2008 and is one of nine member-owner organizations that share this important critical care emergency service for our region.