CALSTAR nurses are highly experienced in critical care prior to hire and once hired undergo an intensive six-week training program. Within one year of hire all CALSTAR nurses must successfully test as a Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) and Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), and must be certified in neonatal resuscitation as well as ACLS, PALS and BLS. Within two years of hire all nurses must successfully achieve their flight nurse advanced trauma certification. All CALSTAR flight nurses are required to maintain their certifications. Additionally, many of our nurses are given advanced training in caring for high-risk OB patients. CALSTAR prides itself on being one of the few air ambulance providers whose flight teams always include two RNs.
Medical Control, Procedures and Quality Assurance
Medical Control is provided by CALSTAR's medical director. Nurses provide care under CALSTAR's medical control in accordance with the California Nurse's Practice Act of 1974. Care is provided in accordance with company procedures and protocols, as well as standardized procedures for expanded roles. All of the medical care provided by CALSTAR comes under close scrutiny 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. Accreditation must be maintained through rigorous evaluation every three years.