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Helicpoter emergency medical services around the world

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Helicpoter emergency medical services around the world

 Helicopter emergency medical services are commonly provided in most of the developed countries of the world. Early starters such as Germany and the US have been operating emergency medical helicopters since 1970, marking their 40th anniversary in 2010, and next came Switzerland, France, UK, the Netherlands and Austria. Altogether, approximately 1,000 emergency medical helicopters are operated in these countries.
 Basically, one emergency medical helicopter can cover an area of about 50km radius, as seen with a typical case in Germany. Helicopters generally fly at a cruising speed of 200 km/hour, so they can arrive within 15 minutes even at the furthest point of the coverage area. The doctor can reach the patient in about 8 minutes in average and starts treatment on the spot.
 In the abovementioned countries, emergency medical helicopters are not only for special cases. They are being used on a daily basis just like an ambulance vehicle, responding to emergency calls several times a day. Rapid dispatch of medical team by helicopters can help save the lives of patients in cases that could have been too late if they had to wait for an ambulance car to arrive.
 There is growing concern over the shortage of medical services in remote areas and people are crying out about the medical service crisis in Japan. We believe, in light of the preceding examples of the world, that these problems could be mitigated to quite an extent by the introduction of emergency medical helicopters.
 This HEM-Net website provides many such examples from foreign countries. We hope you find them informative.

HEMS System Availability
by Countries As of 月 日 2011
Country Year Started Land Area(km2) Number of HEMS Operating Base Major Operators
Germany 1970 357 72 ADAC,DRF
U.S.A. 1972 9,366 714 Commetical Helicopter Operator
Switzerland 1973 41 13 REGA
Austria 1983 84 28 OEAMTC
France 1983 544 30 SAMU
U.K. 1987 243 26 Private Fund
Italy 1987 301 48 Commetical Helicopter Operator
Spain 1989 506 25 Commetical Helicopter Operator
Netherlands 1995 42 4 Commetical Helicopter Operator
Japan 2001 378 26 Commetical Helicopter Operator
Total - - 986 -