LifeFlight® The Pediatric/ Neonatal Critical Care Specialist

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 interfacility 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. 

Who We Serve:  Newborns, Children and Adults

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). Nonpediatric patients are not transferred to the Nicklaus Children’s main campus.

Pediatric and Neonatal Transports

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 and care of the critical patient at altitude.
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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. 

LifeFlight® News


Survey Notice

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems will conduct an accreditation site visit of LifeFlight® – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital on March 11-12, 2019. Read more.



LifeFlight Critical Care Transport Program Receives Excellence Award from the Association of Air Medical Services

The Award of Excellence is one of the most distinguished awards presented in the field of specialty air medical services and is sponsored by Airborne Life Support Systems Transport Incubators, a Division of International Biomedical Ltd. Read more.