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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Rotorcraft Report: Study Points to Improved EMS Procedures

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A MedEvac Foundation International study has found that five percent of urgent care patients experience a life-threatening event or, in rare cases, death while on air medical transport flights. Dr. Jeff Singh and co-author Dr. Russell MacDonald of the University of Toronto published the study on Sept. 14 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Their research focused on 19,228 patients who received transports in the Ontario province.

Sandra Kinkade, president of the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), notes that the study is “an important tool in helping refine treatment protocols, particularly for those critically ill and injured patients in remote areas whose lives may depend on … rapid air medical transport.” Singh adds that the data “will be useful in refining transport and triage protocols to make in-transit events even less likely, and in training crews to effectively manage crises when they occur.”

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