Emergency Care Around the Clock
Aviation Medical Professionals
Since 2003 Vanguard Air Care has been a trusted provider in air transport medicine while providing 24-hour service for North America, with a focus on Manitoba. This includes locations in Norway House, Thompson, Island Lake and Winnipeg.
Vanguard’s highly trained medical staff care for patients with ease and compassion around the clock. The flight dispatch centre provides timely arrivals of dedicated King Air 200’s and medical teams. The specially trained aircrew ensure smooth, safe and efficient patient transfers.
We provide urgent medical evacuations, non-emergent and scheduled air ambulance services.
Ongoing training is provided in-house through expert clinical educators to ensure that the medical crew members are current and comfortable in providing the highest level of care possible.
Vanguard provides annual Professional Development days for its crew members by bringing in external resources experienced in either critical care and or aeromedical transport.
Vanguard medical crew member minimum qualifications/certifications:
- Minimum of Two Years of Critical Care Experience
- Province of Manitoba Aeromedical Licence
- BCLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP, ITLS Certifications
- ORNGE or CAMATA Aeromedical Theory Certifications
- Excellent Critical Thinking Skills
- Mentally and Physically Capable to Work in Remote Regions
- Comfortable with Air, Land and Water Operations
Wheels up in minutes from four MedEvac Bases in Manitoba
Vanguard transports patients daily from our four bases located in Manitoba. Transports can be either medical, surgical, cardiac, trauma, pediatric, high-risk OB, neuro, and burn patients from a number of remote Manitoba northern nursing stations to tertiary care facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.VIEW MAP
Advanced Emergency Care
Our team of flight nurses and or Advance Care Paramedics use the latest technology and advanced education to transport patients who require advanced procedures, including advance airway insertion, needle thoracentesis, CPAP, biphasic defibrillation, pacing and cardioversion, intraosseous insertion (EZ-IO).
High-Fidelity Simulation Training Lab
Vanguard’s state-of-the-art high-fidelity simulation lab challenges our crews with realistic simulated medical emergency scenarios. The high-fidelity simulation lab and in-house medical training program allow our team to be at the top of their game when real emergencies happen in the air or on the ground.
Preparing for Anything and Everything
Run by distinguished trainers with decades of emergency medical care experience, the high-fidelity simulation lab features an advanced patient simulator named Hal®. The life-like manikin boasts an array of real-patient monitors and sensors to provide instant feedback. The result is better-prepared crews ready to perform challenging medical aviation missions anywhere in Manitoba.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is high fidelity simulation?
In the world of simulation, fidelity is a term used to describe the degree of realism created using a combination of equipment, setting, and scenario. A high-fidelity lab produces an extremely realistic reproduction of settings, events, systems and injuries. Vanguard’s High-Fidelity Simulation Lab simulates real-world events and scenarios that our specialized air ambulance professional may encounter on any given mission. The new simulation lab is aided by the use of an advanced patient simulator mannikin that produces instant bio-medical feedback and replicates a wide variety of distress situations with lifelike realism.
What types of scenarios can the vanguard simulation lab replicate?
The lab is designed to resemble a typical northern Manitoba nursing station, where Vanguard’s medical team routinely work to stabilize patients in preparation air ambulance services, air transport and patient transfer to hospital. On any given flight, medical emergencies can occur suddenly, and our team is highly trained to perform critical patient care at any time. Whether in the lab, on the ground or in the air, Hal can be programmed to prepare Vanguard’s medical crews for a wide variety of common and unusual distress situations including:
• Acute Anterolateral Myocardial Infarction
• Supraventricular Tachycardia
• Atrial Fibrillation
• COPD Exacerbation
• Diabetic Ketoacidosis
• Opioid Overdose
• Pulmonary Embolism; and many more.
How does Vanguard's high-fidelity simulation lab improve patient outcomes?
By undergoing Vanguard’s rigorous training curriculum including advanced patient simulation in a wide variety of complex scenarios, our distinguished air ambulance team is prepared for any medical transport mission. Crew members are able to learn from intense, virtual emergencies so that they are ready to excel when the scenario happens in real life. Vanguard’s air ambulance and medical transport services perform at the highest level around the clock, responding to emergencies, low-acuity medical care, and other medical transportation needs throughout Manitoba. Our commitment to training, healthcare service excellence and professionalism ensure the healthcare needs of all Manitobans are met with the highest standard of care possible.