When to call Samaritan
Physicians, nurses, emergency medical services personnel, police and fire officials, and industrial safety personnel are authorized to summon the Samaritan helicopters.
The decision to summon Parkview Samaritan is based on the judgment of emergency care personnel at the scene of the injury or at the area hospital where a patient needs transportation. No one can foresee all situations where Parkview Samaritan will be needed, but call Samaritan if:
- The patient’s condition warrants urgent transportation to a critical care institution.
- The local emergency care system does not provide advanced life support (ALS) or if ALS is unavailable.
- Response by local paramedics would be 20 minutes or more.
- Transportation of the patient is delayed by entrapment, traffic congestion, vehicle failure, weather, or terrain.
- The patient is a long distance from a hospital.
- Transportation by local ambulances would hamper their ability to respond to other emergencies.
- The patient requires advanced procedures not provided by ALS personnel.
Focus on safety
When one of the Samaritan helicopters lands at the scene of an auto crash, farm accident, house fire or other event, the region’s fire and EMS system prepare the landing zone and maintain safety.
Parkview takes measures to enhance safety of its patients and crew. Parkview Samaritan is the only Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) certified medical flight program in Indiana. IFR certification means that Samaritan helicopters can safely fly by instrument guides in certain types of weather that may not be possible by visual flight rules.
Safety and Landing Guidelines