Invited Commentary

Commentary on "Survival of Trauma Victims Transported by Helicopter Who Required CPR Within the First Hour of Hospital Arrival"

Authors: Kevin M. Boehm, DO, MSc

Abstract

In early December 2015, a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) flight crew was dispatched in California to transport a patient. The helicopter took off in inclement weather conditions--heavy rain and fog--and subsequently crashed. The pilot, paramedic, nurse, and patient aboard ultimately died. At this point we do not know the exact cause of the crash, but it should be noted that this particular helicopter transport crew were known to be a skillful and cautious crew.1

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References

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