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Improving air ambulance safety

from By Dorothy L. Tengler

The medical helicopter safety record is troubling. Although air ambulances are supposed to save lives, often the crew and patients find themselves in great danger. The rate of fatalities per 100,000 air ambulance employees over the past 10 years exceeds other dangerous professions such as logging or deep-sea fishing. According to many, the risk is unacceptable, and relatives of crash victims have demanded that the Federal Aviation Administration take action to reduce the death toll. Unfortunately, there is little oversight of medical air transport services in the U.S.

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