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A Few Facts About US Air Ambulance Industry


There are several fascinating facts about the US air ambulance industry that people hardly know about. Here, we bright to light some of these facts.

  • US air ambulance services respond to an emergency roughly every 90 seconds, and in all, about 500 thousand patients are transported via these life-saving flights every year.
  • About 150 thousand patients are rescued directly from accident sites by US air ambulance services and about 350 thousand patients are transported between hospitals.
  • The average speed of an air ambulance is a whopping 2 miles every minute, much faster than the ground ambulances.
  • US air ambulance services make receiving of timely treatment possible and consequently the length of hospitalization is considerably reduced, reveal studies.
  • About 38% of the population in the country have timely trauma care access only because of medical flight services.
  • In the United States, medical flights were first used in the year 1926 and that too by the nation’s army. The length of the flight was 150 miles.
  • A US air ambulance was first used to aid a critically injured patient in the year 1970 and the task was undertaken by Maryland State Police aviation program.
  • The very first civilian operated US air ambulance service was started by St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado. The year was 1972.
  • It is estimated that about 50 million people in the US would not have Level 1 or Level 2 trauma care access in the absence of air ambulance services.
  • The disease conditions for which US air ambulance services are most often used are: heart attacks, severe trauma and strokes. All of these conditions are considered extremely time sensitive.
  • Contrary to the belief that US air ambulance services mainly cater to sparsely populated areas, there is a high demand for them in densely populated areas too. The reason behind this is the inability of ground ambulances to navigate through thick traffic due to emergencies.

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