Maryland to revise medevac guidelines

Maryland to revise medevac guidelines

There are 8 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Oct 7, 2008, titled Maryland to revise medevac guidelines. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Scott Wells, center, of Waldorf, father of Jordan Wells, 18, the lone survivor of the medevac helicopter crash last month, speaks to the media about the recovery of his daughter and his opinion on the state ...

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Will C

Frederick, MD

#1 Oct 7, 2008
Sounds reasonable to me.

Rehoboth Beach, DE

#2 Oct 7, 2008
Why does someone always have to die before they change the rules or add that traffic light ect.
Fire Fighter 40

Stevenson, MD

#3 Oct 7, 2008
While, I think we always need to consider safety, I feel this whole situation is saying... Our Pilots are not good enough, our field medics do not know enough etc. And that's wrong.. Accidents happen, why are we not applauding the medivac system for their skilled pilot that made it as far as he did, and was able to save at least one life....

Why don't we keep things the way they are, because they work.. Yes we had an accident,Yes its a tragedy... But whats more tragic, losing one medivac and their crew, or loosing 1000 patients in transport because "they did not meet the standards" to fly???
Denis G McMahon

United States

#4 Oct 7, 2008
There was a similar procedure in effect in the 1990's where the EMS provider would inititate a radio consult with STC and the nearest hospital. The doctors would decide where and how the pt would be transported
moe green

Westminster, MD

#5 Oct 7, 2008
dear marty yo'malley,
PLEASE raise my taxes to support your airforce.

Baltimore, MD

#6 Oct 7, 2008
moe green wrote:
dear marty yo'malley,
PLEASE raise my taxes to support your airforce.
Stop. He might hear you.

Baltimore, MD

#7 Oct 7, 2008
I'm no little perturbed that "body damage" on the vehicle is used as a criteria for someone to be flown to shock trauma. This is why people are being flown to intensive treatment facilities to be treated and released.

What may work statistically is still a bogus predictor of actual injury.
Will C

Frederick, MD

#8 Oct 8, 2008
I was a medic when that theory started in the 90's. Somewhere someone did "research" and said that certain amounts of damage to a vehicle equals a higher percentage of possible injury. I didn't buy it then and I don't buy it now. Cars are designed to crush and basically fall apart to protect the occupants. Treat the patient and not the car!

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