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8:31 PM, Feb 28, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The state of Maine looks to Lifeflight during critical situations. The crews in both Bangor and Lewiston locations answer the call for help anytime of day and provides speedy transport for those in need.

Bangor base manager and flight nurse Sandra Benton said, "We bring critical care right to the snow bank, right to the road, right to the community hospital."

Lifeflight of Maine is a non-profit organization and depends heavily on donations and fundraisers to continue providing care.

Benton said, "There's a cost as there is with anything in healthcare. I think what you're getting with this cost is the speed of an aircraft along with the specialty equipment and the specialty team that can be brought right to the bedside."

Last year, Lifeflight performed more than 1,500 transports across the state. That number corresponds to about one transport every six hours. An average transport costs about $7,000, but that could be the difference between life and death.

"We are not just picking them up, throwing them on the aircraft and flying. We are managing the patient whatever they need," explained Benton.

The crew provides state of the art care in the sky. Donations pay for portable equipment that includes night vision goggles for frequent overnight calls. Traveling by helicopter also cuts down on travel time to the hospital. The Bangor base covers all the way north to Fort Kent and can reach Boston to Fort Kent in two and a  half hours.

"We really believe that because we can bring that to the bedside of the patient. We do make a difference in their care and the speed of the helicopter makes a difference in their care," said Benton.

The Lift-off for Lifeflight Charity Hair Show and Auction will be held this weekend to raise money for the non-profit. The L Factor Hair studio will be hosting the event and tickets are still available. The event will take place Saturday March 2nd starting at 6pm at Jeff's Catering in Brewer.

For more information visit the salon's Facebook page.

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