Medical helicopters are a great asset for EMS providers. When every second counts, when the time to transport a critically injured human being by ground would prove fatally long, helicopters come to the rescue.
In my career in the hospital, I’ve seen countless lives saved by the gift of air transport. Many patients would not have survived their traumas, or would have had much lower chances of survival, were it not for the men and women who fly these fantastic machines.
As with anything aviation, it is a calculated risk. There have been mishaps, but the ratio of lives saved to lives lost leaves no doubt that medical helicopters are invaluable assets for EMS providers, and by extension for the public at large.
So next time you hear the clattering thunder of rotor blades in the sky, look up and say a thank you to an EMS pilot for the life-saving work that they do.