Air ICU: Upcoming helicopter policy to speed up emergency medical care

From the Herald:

When someone suffers a heart attack or stroke, every second counts when it comes to getting medical treatment. The longer it takes to get to a hospital, the more likely brain or heart tissue will die or be permanently damaged.

In a rural, spread-out region such as Yakima County, transporting patients to the hospital often means covering a significant amount of ground – running into stoplights, traffic and countless other obstructions.

But under a policy currently in the works, the 911 dispatch center would automatically send helicopter support to emergency patients more than an hour away from a trauma hospital, aiming to drastically reduce the time between injury and treatment.

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