LifeLink is Cape Fear Valley Health System’s critical-care transport service, responding specifically to the needs of adult, pediatric and neonatal patients. It is capable of transporting critically ill and injured patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
LifeLink’s two intensive-care units on wheels are capable of transporting critically ill or injured adult, pediatric or neonatal patients. LifeLink serves the Southeastern region of North Carolina.
Our LifeLink units are equipped with some of the most sophisticated and advanced life support equipment available. Patients who are transported to Cape Fear Valley receive care from a medical staff of specialists in the treatment of critically ill and injured adult, pediatric and neonatal patients. The medical center provides 34 critical-care beds for acute care, 64 step-down beds for closely monitoring the recovering patient, and a comprehensive rehabilitation program for continued quality care after discharge.
LifeLink provides three levels of service:
- Advanced Life Support – Non-Emergency – for stable patients requiring cardiac monitoring, IV drips without titration
- Advanced Life Support – Emergency – for stable/potentially unstable patients requiring cardiac monitoring, IV drips with titration
- Critical Care Transport – for stable/unstable patients requiring cardiac, hemodynamic monitoring, portable ventilator, intra-aortic balloon pump, titration of multiple vasoactive drips or blood transfusion
LifeLink consists of an experienced medical team working together to help ensure that our patients receive quality inter-facility care. Cellular communication creates a direct link from the LifeLink vehicle to a physician at the medical center. A 12-lead EKG can also be obtained and faxed to a physician for interpretation.
The transport team includes Critical Care Transport Nurses, EMT-Paramedics and EMT-Drivers. The transport team for Neonatal Intensive Care patients includes Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses and Respiratory Therapists. The Pediatric transport team includes Critical Care Transport Nurses and Respiratory Therapists.