Seriously ill patients who are flown to another facility because they are in need of urgent treatment are sustaining critical injuries, according to a new study.
The research, which looked at 19,228 patients being transported in Ontario, Canada, showed that one in 20 acutely-ill adults suffer blood pressure problems, need resuscitating or die while in transit.
Commenting on the results, Dr Alex Isakov, from the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Atlanta, pointed out that the report could assist people in developing evidence-based criteria when dispatching a patient.
He said: "This data may provide insight for medical crew training regarding likely in-flight medical management scenarios or markers for more robust stabilization of patients by hospital staff preparing patients for transport."
Last month, a study conducted at the Duke University Medical Center concluded that emergency physicians need to use their judgement when deciding on the health of a potential heart patient.