In helicopter EMS, it's the crew that's golden
from By Mark Huber
What is the main benefit of helicopter EMS? Most everyone would say the time it cuts in getting patients to an appropriate level of care. Indeed, there are numerous studies that show that time-saving transport is beneficial. A recent survey of more than 250,000 scene trauma transports found that HEMS reduced mortality by 22 percent over ground transports. And data from the University of Wisconsin finds that HEMS provides an average patient transport time savings of 10-45 minutes compared to ground transport. But is time the only factor at work here?
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