Critical Care Transport

LIFESUPPORT is British Columbia’s first and only provider of publicly funded, privately delivered Critical Care Transport services. In addition to providing access to Critical Care Transport teams to residents and visitors within our contracted service area, we also provide access to this highly specialized resource to our insurance and travel assistance companies, health authorities and government. The care that we deliver to critically ill patients is internationally accredited to the GOLD standard.

CCT Service Criteria

Generally, any patient requiring the following:

  • Patients that require the administration of continuous or intermittent medications or blood products during transport.
  • Patients who are stable, but are at a high risk for deteriorating en route and who may require advanced interventions or continuous monitoring.
  • Patients with specialized medical equipment such as intravenous pumps, a ventilator, external pacemaker, chest tube or other specialized medical devices.
  • Any patient, who in the opinion of the sending Physician or Medical Director, requires, or potentially requires, greater than BLS care.

Due to the highly specialized skill set required for CCT land transports, our Critical Care Transport Nurses are frequently called upon by various Health Authorities to assist them with meeting their CCT transport needs locally and regionally.

Transport Resources

Our Critical Care Transport Teams arrive at the bedside, fully equipped with all of the equipment, supplies and medications necessary to sustain a patient over long distances. We bring all of the equipment found on an air ambulance to the land transport environment, with the latest technology including cardiac monitor/pacemaker/defibrillator, IV pumps and, if required, transport ventilator.

The average length of a CCT-Land transport is 3 hours with a patient on board, 8.5 hours start to finish, logging an average of 575 kilometers. To date, our longest land based CCT transport was a 4500 KM round trip from San Diego, California to Vancouver, British Columbia, for a patient who was unable to fly on an air ambulance.

On average, we perform 250 Regional Critical Care Land Transports per year, with patients travelling to and from Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Calgary, Edmonton, Cranbrook, Kamloops, Kelowna, Seattle and Portland.

Transport Team Members 

A Critical Care Transport Team is comprised of the following Transport Team Members:

  • For non-ventilated patients, two Paramedics and one Critical Care Registered Nurse
  • For ventilated patients, two Paramedics, one Critical Care Registered Nurse and a Respiratory Therapist
  • For critically ill or injured / unstable patients, a Transport Physician may be added to the Team

As part of our fully integrated worldwide patient transportation solutions, Transport Team Members who perform Critical Care Land Transports are medevac flight trained and certified, providing seamless integration across the spectrum of transport methods. Our Flight Nurses, Paramedics, equipment and protocols are shared between our ground and air medevac transport programs. Members from our Critical Care Transport program form the core group of our worldwide Rapid Response Medical Teams.

LIFESUPPORT Patient Transport provides Critical Care Transport on board scheduled commercial airlines, including care for ventilator dependent and ICU level patients. All of the ICU medical equipment found on board our air ambulance is fully self contained and can be brought on board commercial airline flights.

To arrange a Critical Care Transport, call 1-250-947-9641.

Male and female critical care transport staff
Critical care helicopter and ambulance
Man with medical equipment