CALSTAR prides itself on providing two Critical Care Registered Nurses (RNs) on every transport, thereby elevating the quality of patient care, enhancing a patient’s chance of survival, and minimizing the severity of a possible disability in the critical minutes following a trauma or life–threatening illness.
CALSTAR’s clinicians are highly skilled in critical care, with a minimum of three years’ experience in emergency, intensive and/or trauma care prior to hire. Upon hire, Registered Nurses undergo an intensive six–week, didactic orientation that includes scenario–based drills and simulations to further strengthen core competencies, followed by a period of on-site education and familiarization at their base of operations.
All CALSTAR nurses maintain the following certifications:
- • Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN)
- • Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN)
- • Basic Life Support (BLS)
- • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
- • Transport Professional Advanced Trauma Course (TPATC)
- • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Level II Tocometry.
Medical Control and Quality Assurance
Medical Control, including the development and maintenance of clinical protocols, is provided by CALSTAR's Medical Director. Patient care is provided in accordance with the California Nurse's Practice Act, which allows our nurses to function under an advanced scope of practice.
Medical care provided by CALSTAR is assessed by the organization's Quality Assurance Program, which is protected under Section 1157.5 of the California Evidence Code.
Since 2001, CALSTAR has been fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), which acknowledges excellence in patient care, safety, and education.