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Helicopter to the ER

McSwain, Norman E nmcswai at tulane.edu
Thu May 7 17:20:41 BST 2015


Except in hard to access locations, the reason may be for making money and not patient care

Norman
Professor, Tulane Univereity
Clinical Professor, LSU
Clinical Professor, USUHS
Medical Director, Spirit of Charity Trauma Center
Police surgeon New Orleans Police Department
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From: trauma-list-bounces at trauma.org [mailto:trauma-list-bounces at trauma.org] On Behalf Of Kenneth Mattox
Sent: Thursday, May 07, 2015 7:48 AM
To: Trauma-List [TRAUMA.ORG]
Subject: Re: Helicopter to the ER

Each of you are really tempting me to make some obvious negative statements regarding outcomes, entry criteria, costs, and bias in both directions.   

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> On May 7, 2015, at 8:35 AM, Smirniotopoulos, James <james.smirnio at usuhs.edu> wrote:
> 
> Auction bidding for rescue:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvjGKZNT1vQ
> 
>> On Thu, May 7, 2015 at 8:27 AM, Doc Holiday <drydok at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> I am certain people will comment on this, but let's all remember to 
>> be careful so as not to appear as if we aim to stand in the way of 
>> profit-making!
>> 
>> After all, business is business and if it chooses to use medical 
>> services rather than selling shoes or flipping burgers as the 
>> substrate on which it feeds its revenue, then who could argue with that?
>> 
>> Helicopters are risky and expensive. Big risk; big investment; big 
>> profit or big failure - there is an issue of scale which attracts 
>> attention to this aspect of business more than, say, to how much is 
>> charged for a box of tissues at some business hospitals. But this is 
>> not fair. Business is business and the primary principle must be that 
>> profit is the only overriding objective. The provision of 
>> health-related services (or shoes or
>> burgers) is merely the means...
>> 
>> 
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