Air Med J 2018 Jan - Feb;37(1):29-36. Epub 2017 Nov 1.
Department of Health Studies, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway; Department of Research and Development, The Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation, Drøbak, Norway; Air Ambulance Department, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
: The competence, composition, and number of crewmembers have generally been considered to influence the degree of patient care and safety in helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), but evidence to support the advantages of one crew concept over another is ambiguous; additionally, the benefit of physicians as crewmembers is still highly debated.Methods
: To compare perceived safety in different medical crew models, we surveyed international HEMS medical directors regarding the types of crew compositions their system currently used and their supportive rationales and to evaluate patient and flight safety within their services.Results
: Perceived patient and flight safety is higher when HEMS is staffed with a dual medical crew in the cabin. Read More