The subject of HEMS and its potential uses, benefits, and costs is quite complex. No one person can keep track of all the myriad components of the HEMS clinical, operational, and financial literature. With that caveat, a monograph by the CCT CORE Principal Investigator is offered to introduce readers to some of the salient topics regarding air medical transport.
The monograph is regularly updated, although many portions would benefit from newer data. Those persons using the monograph’s information are advised to check the website occasionally for updates.
The author sincerely appreciates the efforts of all of those in the air transport community who have contributed their knowledge and wisdom to the preparation of the monograph. All errors, omissions, and other flaws in the manuscript are of course the sole responsibility of the author.
A note regarding outcomes studies: As outlined elsewhere on this website, the CCT CORE PI and others have prepared annotated bibliographies covering selected HEMS outcomes literature since 1980. Publications that have arisen from these ongoing efforts are listed elsewhere on this site. Given the fact that the HEMS literature continues to grow in volume, even the fastest turnaround times for journal publication mean that journal-published annotated bibliographies are likely out of date by the time they appear in print. Therefore, the monograph (rather than ongoing outcomes reviews in journals) is the mechanism for keeping track of HEMS outcomes literature since 2013. Readers should be forewarned that the monograph is not peer-reviewed; it is thus particularly likely to be affected by the author’s biases and knowledge gaps.