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
  • Thrombolytics
  • Vasopressers
  • Blood administration
  • Advanced airway management
  • A ventilator
  • Other critical care procedures