Helicopter doctors?

Injury. 1992;23(4):249-50. doi: 10.1016/s0020-1383(05)80009-9.


All roadside procedures carried out by doctors of the Royal London Hospital Helicopter Emergency Medical Service were recorded. Of 100 injured patients treated consecutively, 68 patients required 73 treatments or procedures that were beyond the current training of the ambulance paramedic in the United Kingdom. Doctors are therefore an essential part of HEMS operations and allow earlier live-saving medical intervention in the prehospital phase of care.

MeSH terms

  • Aircraft*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Clinical Competence
  • Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Humans
  • London
  • Physician's Role*
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy