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Medical Helicopters - Are They Worth the Risk?

If you have a medical emergency anywhere in the world you may find yourself being airlifted to a location where there are specialized medical services. At first blush, this rapid transport sounds like one more excellent advance in emergency medical care.

But does the service bring enough value, such as better patient outcomes, to justify the cost? Furthermore, the high incidence of accidents has called into question the very safety of medical helo transport for civilian trauma.

Approximately 550,000 patients in the United States are flown by medical helicopters and small airplanes for emergencies that include car wrecks, hiking accidents…

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