Imagine you are in a rural area and you have been injured in a car accident. The local hospital where you are taken is not equipped to treat your injuries. What happens next? A medical helicopter transports you to the nearest trauma center, where you receive the care that saves your life.
Medical helicopters transport critically ill or injured patient to medical facilities for specialized treatment in communities across the United States. They are often used for patients who are in need of immediate medical care and can save lives by getting those patients to appropriate medical care quickly and safely.
The Benefits Of Medical Helicopters
Helicopter technology has improved over the years, allowing medevac units to fly farther, faster and safer than ever before.
● In addition to reaching remote areas, helicopters can also bypass traffic on the ground, making them even more useful during peak commuting times or during road closures due to accidents or inclement weather conditions.
● Many medevac helicopters now feature night-vision technology that allows them to continue operations even during low visibility conditions.
Oct 24, 2019
The benefits of medical helicopters are that they can be used in emergency situations such as motor vehicle collisions, industrial accidents, and a variety of other types of accidents. They are also used in the cases of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious medical emergencies that require medical attention within a half hour. Medical helicopters can help save lives by flying patients to hospitals within minutes.
If you have ever been in a situation where a loved one was in need of medical treatment in a short time, you may have found yourself wondering if the situation could have been improved by using an emergency helicopter. For many people, it may not be clear why using an emergency helicopter is better than simply calling 911 and waiting for an ambulance to respond. However, there are many situations where the use of an emergency helicopter can make a real difference in the life of someone that is seriously injured or ill.
Emergency helicopters offer a great alternative to ambulances when it comes to transporting patients to hospitals and trauma centers. In this article we will look at some of the benefits that emergency helicopters offer over other more traditional methods of transportation.
One key benefit that emergency helicopters offer over other forms of transportation is the ability to reach patients no matter where they happen to be located. Emergency helicopters can land almost anywhere and do not require roads or bridges to transport patients from one place to another. This makes them ideal for reaching patients in areas that are difficult for ambulances and other forms of transportation to reach such as mountainous areas or rural areas where roads are limited or non-existent.
We provide mobile intensive care for critically ill and injured patients in an emergency situation. These patients include premature babies, victims of motor vehicle accidents, and burn victims. We also transport young children that need specialized pediatric care. The helicopters are equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment that is designed to stabilize the patient’s condition en route to the hospital, while also providing a safe means of transportation.
Our medical helicopters come equipped with Night Vision Devices (NVDs), which allow us to fly day or night in conditions such as fog and haze. This means that if you are in a car crash at night, you can receive help just as quickly and safely as if it were daylight. If a patient has a heart attack at home, we can get there immediately, even if it is the middle of the night. We have helped save hundreds of lives since we began flying 24/7 in 2007; each month we average more than 40 missions per helicopter.
Medical helicopters are a very good thing. I’ve been the trauma director at two academic trauma centers and I’ve seen first-hand how much they benefit patients. So, I was surprised to read that a study in JAMA found no benefit for patients flown by helicopter to a trauma center.
The study looked at all patients flown from the scene of an accident to one of two tertiary care centers in Michigan over four years. They compared those airlifted with those who were transported by ambulance. The conclusion was that there was no difference between the groups in mortality, length of hospitalization or need for ICU admission.
They used some statistical sleight-of-hand to make it seem like there were no differences between the two groups. The authors explained that their study had “80% power” to see a difference if there actually were one (p=0.05). What this means is that if there really was a difference between the groups, their study had an 80% chance of detecting it and concluding that air transport benefited patients. But they didn’t see any difference, so they concluded that air transport didn’t benefit patients. What they didn’t mention is that their study also had a 20% chance of missing a difference even if there really was one (
Leaving from the Florida Keys, our twin-engine medical helicopter flew over the deep ocean blue. From the back seat of the aircraft I gazed at the endless water below us and wondered if we would ever make it. We had been in the air for 2 hours and 11 minutes, but it felt like an eternity. The cargo was a small infant boy who had developed pneumonia while on vacation with his parents. He was now intubated and sedated, as we were racing him to Miami Children’s Hospital for emergency care.
Tropical storms had closed all of our nearby airports. The weather radar in my cockpit showed storm cells that stretched from Key West to Miami. I used my GPS to find a hole in the weather large enough to allow us to enter Miami airspace. As we descended through clouds, I could see lightning bolts striking near us on all sides. I had no place to go but down, hoping that the storm would not strike ahead of me before I landed safely at Miami International Airport. It was scary, but it was worth it.
The baby boy arrived at Miami Children’s Hospital in critical condition and in need of immediate attention. He was diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis, a serious neuroinfection which can cause permanent brain damage or
Because biographies of famous scientists tend to edit out their mistakes, we underestimate the degree of risk they were willing to take. And because anything a famous scientist did that wasn’t a mistake has probably now become the conventional wisdom, those choices don’t seem risky either.
Biographies of Newton, for example, understandably focus more on physics than alchemy or theology. The impression we get is that his unerring judgment led him straight to truths no one else had noticed. How to explain all the time he spent on alchemy and theology? Well, smart people are often kind of crazy.
But maybe there is a simpler explanation. Maybe the smartness and the craziness were not as separate as we think. Physics seems to us a promising thing to work on, and alchemy and theology obvious wastes of time. But that’s because we know how things turned out. In Newton’s day the three problems seemed roughly equally promising. No one knew yet what the payoff would be for inventing what we now call physics; if they had, more people would have been working on it. And alchemy and theology were still then in the category Marc Andreessen would describe as “huge, if true.”
Newton made three bets. One of them worked. But they