The University of Tennessee Medical Center opened the Ambulatory Infusion Center on May 1, 2005, to provide IV therapy on an outpatient basis. The center is designed to provide a quick and comfortable setting for patients needing IV therapy. Some of the outpatient IV therapies provided at the center include the following.
UT LIFESTAR is UT Medical Center’s Air Medical Transport program, which started in 1984 to provide rapid transportation and quality medical care to patients via helicopter. It provides aeromedical services within a 150-mile radius of UT Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. LIFESTAR responds to on-scene calls and also provides inter-facility transportation to medical or trauma patients, which may include vascular, neuro, cardiac, obstetric or pediatric patients.
Each flight is staffed with a registered nurse, paramedic and pilot. The paramedics and nurses work side by side to provide exceptional care for patients during transport. Nurses and paramedics work at each of our 5 bases which are located in Morristown, Rockwood, Sevierville, Jacksboro and Sweetwater, Tennessee. Team members, including pilots, at all five bases work in 12-hour shifts.
Calls are received by UT LIFESTAR Communications, which is located at UT Medical Center. They determine which of the five aircraft is available and closest to the patient in need of transportation. UT LIFESTAR Communications will then notify the appropriate helicopter crew via telephone or radio for rapid transport.
UT LIFESTAR nurses are required to have three years of critical care experience, critical care certification and an EMT license. They also must be up to date with ACLS, PALS and either BTLS or PHTLS.
Chief Nursing Officer & Senior Vice President
Clinical Nurse Specialist, UT LIFESTAR