Care in the Air
LIFE STAR is a critical care helicopter service which responds to and provides air transport for a variety of patients who require care at a tertiary care facility.
The LIFE STAR crew consists of a flight nurse, flight respiratory therapist, pilot, mechanic and communication specialist.
LIFE STAR Facts
The LIFE STAR critical care air medical transport service began operation in 1985.
LIFE STAR is available to all emergency/critical care patients within a 150-mile radius surrounding our bases. All tertiary care centers within this response area are serviced by LIFE STAR and approximately 1,200 patients are transported annually. LIFE STAR has transported in excess of 20,000 patients to date.
has relationships with tertiary care physicians from the EMS/Trauma Department
at Hartford Hospital, as well as specialty physicians at receiving facilities. Consultation on patient management prior to and during transport is available to the flight crew.
The LIFE STAR
service operates one American Eurocopter BK-117 and one American Eurocopter EC-145, 24 hours a day, seven days per week. One aircraft is based on the rooftop helipad at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT. The other is based at The William W. Backus Hospital
in Norwich, CT.
Original LIFE STAR 1 BK117, N117HH, 1985
Each LIFE STAR helicopter is identical in the composition of its crew and capabilities, and can transport two patients. LIFE STAR can travel at 155 miles per hour and is airborne within minutes of a request for service.