Mercy Flight should be used when the helicopter will significantly reduce the transport time to a trauma or specialty care center. It should also be used if the specialized services offered by the Mercy Flight medical team would benefit the patient prior to arrival at the hospital.
Some of the parameters that may be considered include:
Physicians may request that a patient be transferred between medical facilities by helicopter in order to minimize "out of hospital" time or when the appropriate level of care cannot be provided by ground ambulance.
Some of these scenarios are described below: