Emergency Helicopter Transportation
The University of Chicago Medicine's Aeromedical Network (UCAN) provides rapid transport and care for the critically ill or injured patient. Specially trained UCAN dispatchers take calls and flight requests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our medically equipped, twin-engine helicopter and a specially trained medical team can be summoned by physicians or hospital staff, police officers, fire fighters, or industrial agencies staff at the scene of an accident.
The UCAN helicopter is designed and outfitted to carry two patients, up to four medical crew members, and one pilot. At least one flight physician and flight nurse staff all UCAN flights. The helicopter covers a flight radius of 200 miles. When greater travel distances are necessary, UCAN arranges airplane transportation.
Equipment aboard the helicopter includes:
- Cardiac monitors and defibrillators
- Patient ventilation equipment (for newborns, infants, children & adults)
- IV infusion pumps
- Blood pressure monitors
- Intra-aortic balloon pump (if needed)
- Neonatal isolette (if needed)