J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2021 09;91(3):496-500
From the North Carolina Trauma Registry, Office of Emergency Medical Services, Raleigh, North Carolina (P.U., A.S., K.T., S.M., S.R., S.S.); General Surgery/Trauma (P.U., A.S., K.T., S.M.), WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Raleigh, North Carolina; The University of Chicago Medical Center (S.R.); Department of Surgery (S.S.), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Background: Helicopter emergency medical services (HEMSs) are used with increasing frequency for the transportation of injured patients from the scene and from treatment facilities to higher levels of care. Improved outcomes have been difficult to establish, and reports of overutilization and financial harm have been published. Our study was performed to evaluate statewide utilization for interfacility transfers (IFTs). Read More