The evolving role of helicopter emergency medical services in the transfer of stroke patients to specialized centers.

@article{Thomas2002TheER,
  title={The evolving role of helicopter emergency medical services in the transfer of stroke patients to specialized centers.},
  author={Stephen Hodges Thomas and Christine Kociszewski and Lee H Schwamm and Suzanne K. Wedel},
  journal={Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors},
  year={2002},
  volume={6 2},
  pages={210-4}
}
BACKGROUND In 1996, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved use of thrombolytic therapy for ischemic stroke, interfacility transport of stroke patients assumed increasing urgency. OBJECTIVE To describe one helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) program's 15-year experience with interfacility transport of patients with suspected stroke, with emphasis on reporting changing patterns seen after the advent of thrombolytic therapy for stroke. METHODS This was a retrospective… CONTINUE READING

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