Medical Helicopters Increase Chances of Survival after Traumatic Injury

When people who have suffered catastrophic injuries in an accident or any other disaster, are taken to the hospital via a medical helicopter, they are much more likely to survive their injuries, even when their injuries are extremely traumatic. According to a new study, these patients have much higher survival rates compared to those patients who were taken to the hospital by land transport.

The study involved data that was taken from more than 30,000 patients, who had been taken by medical helicopter or a road ambulance to European hospitals. One third of the patients had been transported to the hospital using a medical helicopter, and in all of these cases, the patients had suffered severe injuries. These had chest and abdominal injuries, which are typically linked to a much higher risk of death, and which require emergency treatment.

Patients who were taken to the hospital via medical helicopter were also much more likely to suffer from complications, including multiple infections and organ failure, which also increased their chances of death. They were also likely to require additional hospitalization time before being discharged.

In spite of all these circumstances however, patients who were taken to the hospital via medical helicopter were much more likely to survive their injuries, compared to those patients who were taken to the hospital via a road ambulance.

It is not only the speed of the journey when patients are transported via medical helicopter that increased their chances of surviving their injuries, but also the fact that these patients received specialized medical treatment right at the scene of the accident, and also throughout the period of transport to the hospital. This increased their chances of surviving those injuries.