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Safety of emergency medical service helicopters

Alan A Garner, Jeff Konemann and Deanne M Keetelaar
Med J Aust 2005; 182 (1): 12-13.
Published online: 3 January 2005

Robust safety specifications and funding arrangements are needed

A recent review of the safety of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in the United States found that the risk of death for a HEMS crewmember (per hour engaged in the activity) was similar to that of rock climbers and skydivers.1 The study on the accident and fatality rate of HEMS by Holland and Cooksley (page 17) in this issue of the Journal2 is a timely reminder of the risks faced by HEMS crew in Australia.

  • Alan A Garner1
  • Jeff Konemann2
  • Deanne M Keetelaar3

  • 1 NRMA CareFlight/NSW Medical Retrieval Service, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Aerosafe Risk Management, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: alang@careflight.org

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