Research Article| Volume 1, ISSUE 3, P213-216, January 1970

Medical usage of helicopters in Britain

  • M.R.R. Martin
    Requests for reprints should be addressed to:—M. R. R. Martin Esq., M.B., B.S., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., St. Margaret's Hospital, Epping, Essex.
    Birmingham Accident Hospital, UK
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      The medical use of aircraft in Britain for the 5 years 1963–67 is surveyed. Injuries accounted for over half the calls, rescues for just over a tenth, and illness for the remainder. Aircraft, particularly helicopters, are most useful for rescues and for carrying patients comfortably for long distances or over difficult terrain. Although there is unlikely to be much increase in the medical need for helicopters in the future, they should be regarded as an integral part of emergency medical and other services and be included in the plans and buildings concerned.
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