Recognizing MedEvac Hour
At MedFlight911 we want to recognize those that dedicate their knowledge, skills, time and lives to providing a VERY valuable service all over the world!
MedEvac Hour is intended to highlight the unique and crucial role that helicopter, fixed wing and critical care ground transport play within the larger EMS system. Our crews work daily to safely and efficiently serve the most critically ill and injured patients across the globe. We have prepared a special logo that honors our community’s commitment of transporting the right patients to the right medical facilities in the right amount of time by the right mode of transport to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Did you know…???
46.7 million Americans live more than an hour away from a Level 1 or 2 trauma center.
MedEvac helicopters are most often utilized for time-sensitive illnesses and injuries such as severe trauma, heart attacks or strokes.
In the United States, there are 900 MedEvac helicopters staffed and equipped to transport and treat the nation’s most critically ill and injured patients.
MedEvac helicopters transport approximately 400,000 patients annually.
MedEvac fixed-wing aircraft transport an additional 100,000+ patients over longer distances annually.
Critical Care ground ambulances are like rolling Intensive Care Units (ICU’s).
The MedEvac community is unique in that it combines two major industries – Aviation and Healthcare – in the delivery of services to the public.
As of the close of 2009, there were over 4400 MedEvac pilots, 600 physicians, 5500 nurses, and 5300 paramedics/EMTs staffing MedEvac vehicles, both fixed-wing and helicopter, in the United States.
As early as 1926, the United States Army Air Corps used a converted airplane to transport patients from Nicaragua to an Army hospital in Panama, 150 miles away.
Routine MedEvac transport utilizing helicopters began during the Korean conflict in the 1950’s.
The Maryland State Police aviation program transported the first critically injured trauma patient in the United States by helicopter in March of 1970.
The first civilian hospital-based medical helicopter service in the United States was established in 1972 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.
Source: Association of Air Medical Services