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Emergency Medicine International
Volume 2012, Article ID 876703, 21 pages
Review Article

Helicopter EMS Transport Outcomes Literature: Annotated Review of Articles Published 2007–2011

Department of Emergency Medicine, OU Schusterman Center, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, 4502 East 41st Street, Suite 2E14, Tulsa, OK 74135-2553, USA

Received 23 August 2011; Accepted 11 October 2011

Academic Editor: Jeffrey Goodloe

Copyright © 2012 Brandon S. Brown et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Helicopter EMS (HEMS) and its possible association with outcomes improvement continues to be a subject of discussion. As is the case with other scientific discourse, debate over HEMS usefulness should be framed around an evidence-based assessment of the relevant literature. In an effort to facilitate the academic pursuit of assessment of HEMS utility, in late 2000 the National Association of EMS Physicians' (NAEMSP) Air Medical Task Force prepared annotated bibliographies of the HEMS-related outcomes literature. As a result of that work, two review articles, one covering HEMS use in nontrauma and the other in trauma, published in 2002 in Prehospital Emergency Care surveyed HEMS outcomes-related literature published between 1980 and mid-2000. The project was extended with two subsequent reviews covering the literature through 2006. This review continues the series, outlining outcomes-associated HEMS literature for the three-year period 2007 through the first half of 2011.