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Impact of helicopters on trauma care and clinical results.

Authors
  • J A Moylan
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1988
Source
PMC
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Medicine
License
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Abstract

This report reviews the history of the development of civilian helicopter ambulance program as a component of a total emergency medical services (EMS) system. Current literature demonstrates significant reduction in trauma mortality for those patients transported by air either from the scene of the accident or from an outlying hospital to a trauma center. The primary factor is not the speed of the transport but administration of life-saving care by the helicopter medical crew at the scene of the accident or at the outlying hospital. Regulations have been developed to assure proper patient selection, quality care, safety, and minimization of misuse of this expensive resource.

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