Wednesday, July 23, 2014 · 4:08 p.m.

100 percent of Life Force nurses, paramedics now board certified

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The nurses and paramedics who work for Life Force, Erlanger's helicopter ambulance system, are all now 100 percent board certified in critical care transport medicine. 

The decision to require all Life Force workers to be board certified was made two years ago, and now, all 21 flight nurses and 22 paramedics have reached this benchmark. 

“This is quite an accomplishment for the Erlanger Health System and the Life Force Program,” Robbie Tester, Life Force Program manager, said in a prepared statement. “We are now the only program in the four-state region and one of a few programs in the country that have set this standard of excellence.” 

Life Force has helicopter bases in Chattanooga; Sparta, Tenn.; McCaysville, Ga.; and Calhoun, Ga. The crews are comprised of pilots, flight nurses and flight paramedics who provide on-the-scene and in-flight care for critically ill or injured patients. The support team is made up of communication specialists and aviation and maintenance technicians, as well as an educational, outreach and leadership team. 

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