Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Different View on Flying Stroke and STEMI Patients

click here for a report on flying stroke and STEMI patients

There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. Perhaps it is time for some pushback from FARE, the Foundation for Aeromedical Research. One thing ignored by this type of report is the use of helicopter transport prophylactically, or "just in case."  This is the rationale given for a significant percentage of healthcare services, like CTs and diagnostic tests.  If you argued that the available helicopter "probably" isn't needed and that the patient will "probably" be okay without it, I would say - if it was my loved one - lets fly. The report also ignores the fact that the vast majority of ground ambulances are not staffed with a critical care nurse - and occasionally they are vital.

The answer to safety in aviation is not ceasing flight operations, any more than medical malpractice means we should do away with doctors...

safe flights (are the norm)

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