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Go Helicopter IF-AND-THEN =


The need for a helicopter is basically determined by medical protocol. In a traumatic injury case, the goal is to get the patient to the local trauma center within the “golden hour.” A traumatic injury may include (but is not limited to) a shooting, stabbing, burns, auto accident with rollover or patient ejection, high fall, or drowning.


IF a patient is deemed a trauma case (based on criteria above), AND the patient cannot be driven to the nearest trauma center via ambulance or rescue truck in 20 minutes or less, THEN a helicopter is called to transport the patient.


 congestion that makes a trip to the nearest trauma center via


ambulance a slow trip. The golden hour standard combined with


 are transported via helicopter.


         annually, and approximately one-third of those hours are training  


 crews face has a standard operating procedure (SOP) that must be followed, with communications being one the most important components to maintaining high levels of safety.


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