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