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ACEP issues statement about improving medical helicopter safety

02/18/2009
In light of last week's hearing by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to address a rise in fatal medical helicopter crashes, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) issued a statement about improving helicopter safety.The statement calls for physician oversight of state Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems and for medical decisions about air medical patients to be made by physicians, based on the best interest of the patients. In addition, it calls for states to develop EMS protocols and to require accreditation for operating helicopter emergency medical services systems (HEMS)."ACEP is committed to advancing the highest quality of emergency care, and we are c...

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