Helicopters as Aeromedical Transportation

When it comes to getting to people quickly, the terrain always has to be considered. In something as simple as getting to another country for a holiday this is always done – for example if you are going to a different state then you may attempt it by road, if you need to cross a small body of water then a boat, but if it is another country entirely then a plane is far better suited.

This type of consideration has to be given every day when it comes to saving people however. In general a regular ambulance is fine – one that traverses the road and swerves through traffic. It tends to get to a hospital fast enough, and everyone recognizes to keep out of the way of any ambulance that they see going past.

But unfortunately this effectiveness is only based on being in a city close to a hospital. Every day there are people who are wounded and hurt in accidents quite some way from a city and hospital, making it impractical to use a ground vehicle to get to them. Especially if they are on terrain that is particularly hilly, or are even in the middle of an ocean, then ground vehicles simply cannot be used.

As such, helicpoters are used instead. These are incredibly effective when it comes to saving people, simply because if they are in the middle of the sea then it is the easiest way to quickly get to them so that they can be rescued. Medics can quickly fly a helicopter towards them and get to them as quickly as possible, in order to get them to safety.

As well as this helicopters are far more cost effective than you might think, especially as it effectively guarantees that if anyone is in a situation where terrain is difficult they will always have an option open to them, effectively guaranteeing their safety. They are also far easier to use than planes or the like – an airplane is entirely impractical when it comes to rescuing just one person, so helicopters are a brilliant compromise – they are small and compact, allowing a pilot to easily get into tight spaces with difficult and rough terrain.

Using them allows hundreds of people to be saved, while having basic medical facilities on board as well to help the patients on the way to the nearest hospital, often giving life-saving treatment to keep them stable while flying there.

All of these things put together help to make helicopters absolutely ideal and more than suited to helping people in these kinds of situations. So whether or not you had given much thought to how air ambulance services work before or not, hopefully you will now have a far better understanding of all of the processes that go on, and just how well designed helicopters are for the job of saving people in this capacity, helping to save huge numbers of people every single day, no matter the situation that they are in.