Sentara's Nightingale regional air ambulance completes more than 18,000 accident-free flights

Norfolk, Va-based Sentara Healthcare's regional air ambulance, Nightingale, took its first flight Feb. 25, 1984 and has since completed more than 18,000 accident-free flights.

The helicopter serves as a flying intensive care unit, with flight nurses and paramedics helping to transporting critically injured and ill patients to the Level I trauma center at Sentara Norfolk (Va.) General Hospital.

Nightingale contains onboard ultrasound capabilities, along with industry landing capabilities at airports and hospitals throughout the region.

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