Emergency Care | Emergency Transport

Emergency Care: Transport

Community Ambulance Service, Inc.

Since it was first founded on March 9, 1981, Community Ambulance Service, Inc. (CAS) of Minot has been more than a means of transport for patients. We have served as a critical support system for the many communities we serve, providing a superior level of care when it matters most.
Today CAS operates as the largest Advanced Life Support (ALS) service in northwest North Dakota. As the areas only fully staffed ALS team of professionals, we are dedicated to providing advanced ALS ambulance service 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to the city of Minot and nearly 2,000 square miles to the surrounding region.
CAS provides direct support to the Minot Fire and Police Departments, as well as the Ward County Sheriff's Department and additional First Responder Groups. We respond to nearly 10,000 calls annually, both emergent and no-emergent inter-facility transfers, and provide ALS intercept services to many of the ambulance services in northwestern North Dakota. Our team is proud to provide the best and most advanced care that supports both our fellow professionals and our patients.

NorthStar CriticAir

The work of the Trinity Heath is supported by NorthStar Criticair, the hospital's critical care helicopter. Established in 1992, NorthStar provides hospital-to-hospital transfers and scene response within a 150-mile radius of Trinity Hospital for adult, pediatric, high-risk neonate and high-risk labor/delivery patients.
NorthStar Criticair is an extension of Trinity’s mission to improve the health of our region. Collaborating with Executive Air Taxi Corp., Trinity’s NorthStar Criticair provides air response and rescue care 24 hours a day every day, with a flight crew, paramedics and other specialists, responding within minutes to deliver definitive care for the patient. Whether on a transport intercept with a rural ambulance, an emergent response in remote locations, or a patient transfer from a rural facility, NorthStar Criticair represents Trinity Health’s commitment to offer its communities and residents the highest levels of healthcare quality and service.
How do you know when to call for our helicopter to transport your patient?
We follow the American College of Surgeon's Committee on Trauma's Clinical Considerations.

Emergency: 911

Direct & Dispatch: (701) 857-3000 or 1-800-223-1596

American College of Surgeon's Committee on Trauma's Clinical Considerations

  • Unrestrained passengers in moderate or high speed head-on, T-bone, rear-end, or rollover collisions.
  • Death of occupant in same vehicle as patient.
  • Extrications exceeding 20 minutes.
  • Unresponsive patients.
  • Pedestrian versus vehicle greater than 10 miles per hour.
  • Motorcycle rider thrown from motorcycle traveling greater than 20 miles per hour.
  • Falls from a height greater than 15 feet.
  • Active penetrating injuries to the head, neck, or torso.
  • Trauma score of 10 or less.
  • Glasgow Coma Score of 8 or less.
  • Systolic blood pressure of 90 mmHg or less after initial resuscitation.
  • Heart rate less than 60 beats per minute or greater than 120 beats per minute after initial resuscitation.
  • Electrical or chemical burns after decontamination.
  • Major burns.
  • Burns involving the respiratory system.

When to Contact Us for Medical Care

  • Cardiac patients requiring emergent intervention.
  • Any intubated patient.
  • Any ICU to ICU transfer where ground transfer time exceeds 30 minutes.
  • Arterial blood gases with pH of 7.20 or less or greater than 7.50.
  • Systolic blood pressure less than 90 mmHg or greater than 200 mmHg requiring vasoactive medications.
  • Known or suspected abdominal aortic aneurysm.
  • Patient less than 48 hours status post cardiac arrest requiring transfer to another facility.
  • Cardiothoraciac, vascular, or neurosurgical intervention.

When to Contact Us for Pediatric Care

  • Acute organ failure requiring aggressive resuscitation.
  • Meningitis, hypothermia, status epilepitus, status asthmaticus, or drowning/near drowning.
  • Unstable vital signs such as: Respiratory rate less than 10 breaths per minute or greater than 60 breaths per minute.
  • Heart rate less than 90 beats per minute or greater than 150 beats per minute.
  • Low Systolic blood pressure
    • less than 65 mmHg in the infant from 0 - 1 year of age
    • less than 70 mmHg in the infant that is 1 - 5 years of age
    • less than 80 mmHg in the 5 – 12 year old.

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Jessica Fricke FNP-C

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Aaron Herington MD

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Chantel Hillestad FNP-C

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ScottE Knutson MD

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John Nelson MD

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Paul Olson MD

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Jeffrey Sather MD

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Sandra Storey FNP-C

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Ginger Strand PA-C

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Wade Talley MD

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Lynette Vondal FNP-C

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