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Lifeguard Air Emergency Services


If you or your child experience a critical illness or injury – even when you're far from a hospital – The University of New Mexico Hospital's Lifeguard Air Emergency Services is here to help you.

Emergency Team Caring for You

Lifeguard Truck

Our expert team of onboard emergency medical personnel operates 24/7 under advanced treatment protocols. You or your loved one will be transported in a Lifeguard helicopter or airplane, or a critical care ground ambulance. The Lifeguard Air Emergency Services crew is comprised of emergency medicine physicians, paramedics and registered nurses with emergency, intensive care unit and critical care experience.

The Lifeguard Children’s Specialty Team includes registered nurses, registered respiratory therapists and neonatal practitioners, all with neonatal or pediatric intensive care experience.

Prepared to Help You

Lifeguard Helicopter

Your inflight team treats patients with almost any serious injury or condition, and it specializes in responding to:

  • Heart emergencies
  • Strokes
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Pediatric / neonatal emergencies

Safe, Rapid Transport

Lifeguard operates aircraft owned by our partner, SevenBar Aviation. Our fleet consists of:

  • A King Air B200 that can fly more than 1,000 miles per trip at up to 322 mph.
  • Dedicated craft for the neonatal team.
  • Helicopter transports are completed in an AW119.

In some cases, a family member can ride along with the patient. A full emergency services or specialty team will be waiting to immediately take over your care when you arrive at the hospital.

Specialized Equipment

Our aircraft and ground ambulances are outfitted with state-of-the-art medical equipment including:

Lifeguard Plane
  • Hamilton ventilators
  • Adult inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) therapy
  • Adult extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Twins fetal heart monitoring
  • Ultrasound
  • Blood reserves
  • Isolettes for sick and premature babies
  • Whole body cooling, high frequency ventilation and inhaled nitric oxide

Serving the Southwest

Lifeguard most often transports patients throughout New Mexico, eastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, southern Colorado and western Texas. Depending on your needs, you could be transported to and from other areas, such as health care facilities in California and Oklahoma.

For Medical Professionals

Explore information about Lifeguard employment, training and certification.

Contact Us

For more information on Lifeguard, send us an email.

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