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Big Problem for Air Ambulances: Huge Patients

Posted Wednesday, July 17th 2013 @ 9am  by Rob Quinn, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– Emergency medical providers across America are being forced to get bigger, stronger helicopters to deal with rising numbers of patients too heavy to be carried in the current helicopters—or too big to fit in the aircraft, NBCreports. Around 1% of patients who need medical air flights, or about 5,000 patients a year, are denied transport because of their size and have to go by ground ambulance instead, significantly raising the risk of death on the way to the hospital.

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