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Air Ambulance...Ready When You Need It

Saskatchewan's Air Ambulance Service, LIFEGUARD, is the oldest non-military air medical transport program in the world. It is a provincial program administered by Saskatchewan Health and based at the Saskatoon airport.

The service is available 24 hours a day under most weather conditions, and can be dispatched to an emergency within 30 minutes.

LIFEGUARD flights are done aboard pressurized Canadian Ministry of Transport (MOT) approved air ambulance planes. Both planes are equipped for critical care transport and feature an MOT-approved loading device to ensure patient safety.

The air medical crew consists of a flight nurse with critical care background and a paramedic. When a speciality team is required, physicians, respiratory therapists, neonatal and pediatric nurses attend the patient en route.

How to access service

Physicians and/or their designate may call LIFEGUARD 24 hours a day at:

1-888-STAT AIR

Medical flight personnel will triage the request and make the necessary air and ground transport arrangements. On arrival, the air medical crew prepares the client for transport and escorts them to the airport by ground ambulance if necessary.

Service fees

The cost for air ambulance service is $350 per flight. The patient/family is also responsible for ground ambulance costs to and from the airport.

As with road ambulance service, lower-income residents (those receiving Saskatchewan Assistance Plan benefits and nominated by Community Resources and Employment for supplementary health benefits) have the entire cost of an air ambulance trip covered by Saskatchewan Health’s Supplementary Health Benefits program.

For more information, call:

Fully-equipped flights

Air medical flights are equipped with monitoring equipment, medical supplies and medications similar to those found in an intensive care unit. This includes:

  • Medical air, oxygen and suction
  • AC power receptacles
  • Transcutaneous pacemaker, defibrillator/monitor
  • Pulse oximeter
  • Infusion pumps
  • Invasive blood pressure monitor
  • Noninvasive blood pressure monitor
  • Transport incubator
  • Transport ventilator
  • End tidal CO2 monitor
Related Documents

History of Saskatchewan Air Ambulance (Lifeguard) and how to access service.

Related Links

Options for emergent and non-emergent medical transportation in northern Saskatchewan.

Emergency medical transportation for children.

Find out about road ambulance services in Saskatchewan.

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