An investigation into the cost, coverage and activities of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services in the state of New South Wales, Australia
Colman B Taylor, Mark Stevenson, Stephen Jan, Bette Liu, Gary Tall, Paul M Middleton, Michael Fitzharris, John Myburgh
Injury-International Journal of the Care of the Injured | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2011
BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT: Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) have been incorporated into modern health systems for their speed and coverage. In the state of New South Wales (NSW), nine HEMS operate from various locations around the state and currently there is no clear picture of their resource implications. The aim of this study was to assess the cost of HEMS in NSW and investigate the factors linked with the variation in the costs, coverage and activities of HEMS. METHODS: We undertook a survey of HEMS costs, structures and operations in NSW for the 2008/2009 financial year. Costs were estimated from annual reports and contractual agreements. Data related to the structure and opera..View full abstract
Two co-authors (Dr. Tall and A/Prof Middleton) are both employees of the Ambulance Service of NSW which partially funds Helicopter Emergency Medical Services. No other conflicts of interest are present.