Many patients who require transport to medical centers with specialized resources can be appropriately transported by ground ambulance. However, a select group may benefit from the advantages that helicopter transport can offer. These advantages include: Decreased response time and length of transport; availability of highly trained medical crews and specialized equipment; and increased access to tertiary care facilities when the patient requires specific or timely treatment that is not available at the referring hospital or facility.
Even though the Guidelines for Helicopter Transport are useful, they are not necessarily all-inclusive and should not replace decisions about transport based on sound medical judgment.
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