Extensively equipped helicopters can help close clinical gap

Extensively equipped helicopters can provide high-level trauma care for seriously injured patients while airborne, potentially saving lives, the Duluth News-Tribune reported. The so-called "flying ICUs" are potentially ideal for regions such as the upper Midwest, which contains many rural regions and require long travel distances to level one trauma centers. Minneapolis-based Life Link III provides a non-profit helicopter service for nine hospital systems in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. Such forms of medical transport could also play a role in beefing up care at the dwindling number of rural hospitals. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare

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