LifeFlight® Critical Care Transport

The Pediatric/Neonatal Critical Care Specialist

Safely transporting infants and children from local clinics and hospitals in Florida as well as the Caribbean, and South and Central America.

Ambulance and Helicopter
Ambulance and Helicopter

Transport Available Around the Clock

The LifeFlight® transport service is based in Miami, Florida and provides specialized advanced life support and critical care patient transport by ground and air ambulance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service area includes South Florida, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

LifeFlight is an inter-facility transport service transporting patients to intensive care units, emergency departments, and the medical surgical units. On request, LifeFlight® also transfers patients from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to other facilities and also handles third-party transfers for patients seeking transport to other facilities.

Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Transports

LifeFlight® transports patients representing a broad range of ages, including:

  • neonatal patients (birth to 28 days; preterm through term)
  • infants (29 days to 1 year)
  • pediatric patients (age 1 through 17 years)
  • and adult patients (18 years and older).
  • Non-pediatric patients are not transferred to the Nicklaus Children’s main campus.

Critical Care Life Support Systems

The LifeFlight® program safely transports more 4,000 infants and children per year to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Patients come from local clinics and hospitals as well as from referring centers throughout Florida, the Caribbean, and South and Central America.

LifeFlight® carries some of the most advanced life-support systems such as:

  • neonatal and pediatric ventilators
  • defibrillators
  • intubation equipment
  • cardio-respiratory and hemodynamic monitors
  • infusion devices
  • whole-body hypothermia capabilities
  • transport phototherapy capabilities
  • transcutaneous Pa02 monitors
  • emergency medications
  • transport incubators and other equipment necessary for IV therapy
  • cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
  • care of the critical patient at altitude

About the Fleet

The LifeFlight® fleet includes:

  • Six ground ambulances that are specially equipped to provide critical care or advanced life-saving support for patients.
  • A hospital-owned Sikorsky® S76 C+ helicopter, operated by PHI Air Medical, which is equipped to care for any acuity-level patient of any age*
  • Fixed-wing jets contracted on demand for long-distance transports*

*Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is not a direct air carrier. Aircraft, both helicopters and fixed wing, are operated pursuant to contract with Nicklaus Children’s by companies that are FAA certified. 


critical care ambulances


patients transported each year


Sikorsky® S76 C+ helicopter, equipped for any acuity-level

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