Helicopters and injured kids: Improved survival with scene air medical transport in the pediatric trauma population

In this study, the authors compare helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) with ground medical services (GEMS) and investigate their association with outcomes in a sample of pediatric trauma patients. The study population is patients 15 years or younger undergoing scene transport by HEMS or GEMS, with data taken from from the National Trauma Data Bank for the years 2007 to 2012. Propensity score matching is used to match HEMS and GEMS patients for likelihood of HEMS transport based on demographics, prehospital physiology and time, injury severity, and geographic region. In-hospital survival is the primary outcome and discharge disposition in survivors is the secondary outcome measured. The results show an association between HEMS and increased odds of survival for pediatric trauma patients, compared with GEMS. No association is found between transport mode and discharge disposition.


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  • Accession Number: 01601204
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 17 2016 2:58PM