Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA)

As part of our commitment to a culture of safety and inclusion, COTS coordinates a Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) Subcommittee.  This diverse group is comprised of COTS member hospitals and public/private first responder agencies working together to ensure the safety of our patients and flight crews.

HAA safety initiatives include:

Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) Communication & Safety Guideline 

Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) Request and Activation Guideline 

COTS Overview & HAA Safety Request Tool 
Download and print this HAA Request Tool and use it to educate your staff on the required information needed to request an HAA.  A copy of this tool can be placed near the phone used to request an HAA.

The following information may be useful in developing your hospitals interfacility transfer guidelines:

A Guide to Interfacility Transport by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (April 2006)
Appropriate Interfacility Transfer by the American College of Emergency Physicians (December 2018)
Interfacility helicopter transfers for critically ill patients: always the right choice? (2020)
American College of Emergency Physicians. (November 2020). ACEP Policy Compendium. , 1-695. https://www.acep.org/patient-care/policy-statements/


Responsible “Helicopter Shopping” Through Selective Resource Management – a joint position statement by the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association, Emergency Nurses Association, and International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics

COTS supports this joint position statement on helicopter shopping.

For more information on our HAA safety initiatives, contact Sherri Kovach