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Alaska Regional's Air Ambulance program earns accreditation again

Anchorage, ALASKA - Alaska Regional's critical care air ambulance program, "LifeFlight," has received "full accreditation" for another three years from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS). CAMTS is an independent non-profit organization that audits air medical transport programs.

Participation in accreditation is voluntary, and the process is designed to measure patient care and safety in the transport environment.  The accreditation process includes a three-day on-site visit to assess the program.  CAMTS reviews the program's practices related to patient safety, quality of care, communication, staff education, as well as flight service safety and maintenance.

LifeFlight is a fixed-wing program offering services throughout Alaska, the lower 48 states and internationally and received its intial accreditation in 1997.  Alaska Regional is also the only non-military hospital in Alaska where fixed-wing aircraft can taxi to the hospital doors, saving critical time for patients in need of care.

For more information about LifeFlight services at Alaska Regional Hospital, call Kjerstin Lastufka at 264-1733.

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