Ornge provides medical transport services to patients who require the ongoing administration of medications and/or blood products that is beyond the scope of practice of a land Primary Care Paramedic or require specialized equipment or monitoring devices during transport (e.g. ventilator, external pacemaker, multi-channel infusion pump, hemodynamic or invasive monitoring and intra-aortic balloon pump).
For primary care transfers, the one-way travel distance must be greater than 240 km (150 km for CritiCall Life or Limb transfers) and the patient must meet the requirements of the Ambulance Act (i.e. a physician or healthcare provider has determined that the patient requires care during transport, and requires a stretcher or is ambulatory but not clinically suitable for a scheduled commercial flight).
There may be circumstances where a request for service does not meet these guidelines. Ornge will assist health care professionals in determining the right level of care with the right type of vehicle.