When to send an Emergency Medical Helicopter
An emergency medical helicopter is often dispatched to accidents likely involving traumatic injury. Specially trained, professional dispatchers decide when to send a helicopter to a trauma accident based on medical director-approved protocols.
A helicopter may also be used for the rapid transport of medical patients who require critical-care medicine and equipment en route. These flights are staffed with medical professionals trained in administering critical care to patients who may require:
- Invasive monitoring
- Blood administration
- Advanced airway management
- A ventilator
- Other critical care procedures