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When did “Fixed Wing” aircraft begin to be utilized for medical transport?

Fixed Wing aircraft were the first aircraft used in medEvac transport. A medical section of the Army Air Corps was created as early as June 1, 1925 using converted DeHaviland aircraft. Helicopters did not see use as medical transports until 1944.

What weather conditions can be flown in?

The weather minimums for safe flight operations are found within the Federal Aviation Regulations. AAMS recommends that medEvac services, regardless of AAMS membership, follow the CAMTS recommended standards of operation.

Instrument Flight Rules (IFR)

"IFR" stands for "Instrument Flight Rules." It refers to a set of rules governing the conduct of flight under weather conditions where navigation by Visual Flight Rules (VFR) is no longer reliable.

What are the benefits of twin-engine vs. single engine?

The debate among users continues with this issue. Some pilots and passengers have always believed two is better than one. On certain levels this is still true today. Anyone flying 100 miles offshore, or over mountainous terrain at night feels better knowing that there are two engines working for him or her.

Air Ambulance and Medical Flights – The Trauma System

The “Golden Hour” concept provides that along the route to the surgeon’s knife in that first hour, a patient should benefit from an organized EMS system which provides increasingly advanced care.

Air Ambulance – Cardiac Care and “Heart Attacks”

The scarcity of cardiac intervention centers, particularly outside of urban areas, suggest a role, supported by studies to date, for HEMS in quickly transporting patients, even patients whose hearts have stopped and been restarted, from remote hospitals to these centers.

What are Trauma Transport Protocols in Florida?

Trauma Transport Protocols (TTP) describe the procedures used by the emergency medical services prehospital provider for dispatch of vehicles, assessment of the extent and...

Air Ambulance Medicine: Accessing the Future of Health Care

The use of air medical services (AMS) has become an essential component of the health care system. Appropriately used air medical critical care transport saves lives and reduces the cost of health care.

Air Ambulance – Cerebrovascular Accidents / Strokes and “Brain Attacks”

There is a window of time in which clotbusting treatment can result in patients suffering little to no long term damage and disability from these events.

Air Ambulance Safety by AMS

From 1972 through September, 2002, when HEMS safety research by Dr. Ira Blumen of the University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN) was completed, HEMS...

How many transports does the medEvac industry complete each year?

We estimate that there are nearly 400,000 rotor wing transports annually, with an additional 150,000 patient flown by fixed wing aircraft each year. (US only)

When was the first medEvac transport completed?

In 1926, the United States Army Air Corps used a converted DeHaviland aircraft to transport patients from Nicaragua to France Army Base in Panama, one hundred and fifty miles away.