Members of the STARS air medical crew are on call at each base 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are in the air approximately 10 minutes after accepting a call.
Our team of highly skilled medical professionals includes:
- advanced life support paramedics;
- critical care nurses;
- transport physicians.
The paramedics and nurses are highly dedicated and skilled individuals. Many of them hold part or full-time positions with high performance advanced life support emergency medical services (EMS) and major hospital critical care departments including emergency, intensive care and cardiac care units.
Our transport physicians provide online medical control oversight during all missions and participate as a flight crew member on approximately 5 per cent of patient transports.
Occasionally, the STARS helicopter is used to transport specialty teams to assist unique patient populations. These include:
- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) teams for pediatric patients (typically those who are younger than 17 years old);
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) teams for newborn patients (those who are younger than 28 days old).
One air medical crew member assists the specialty teams during these missions.