ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTION Scan for Author Audio Interview Association Between Helicopter vs Ground Emergency Medical Services and Survival for Adults With Major Trauma Samuel M. Galvagno Jr, DO, PhD Context Helicopter emergency medical services and their possible effect on out- Elliott R. Haut, MD, FACS comes for traumatically injured patients remain a subject of debate. Because helicop- ter services are a limited and expensive resource, a methodologically rigorous inves- S. Nabeel Zafar, MBBS, MPH tigation of its effectiveness compared with ground emergency medical services is Michael G. Millin, MD, MPH warranted. David T. Efron, MD, FACS Objective To assess the association between the use of helicopter vs ground ser- vices and survival among adults with serious traumatic injuries. George J. Koenig Jr, DO, MS Design, Setting, and Participants Retrospective cohort study involving 223 475 Susan P. Baker, MPH patients older than 15 years, having an injury severity score higher than 15, and sus- Stephen M. Bowman, PhD taining blunt or penetrating trauma that required transport to US level I or II trauma Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM centers and whose data were recorded in the 2007-2009 versions of the American College of Surgeons National Trauma Data Bank. Adil H.
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Published: Apr 18, 2012