Research Article

Emergency transport by aeromedical blimp.

BMJ 1989; 298 doi: (Published 01 April 1989) Cite this as: BMJ 1989;298:869
  1. J. J. Cottrell,
  2. C. Garrard
  1. Division of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, PA.


    Recently there has been an explosive growth in the use of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft for the transportation of patients who are ill and injured. Although using such methods of transport may result in faster access to health care centres, their ultimate role for the civilian population is unclear. Unfortunately, there are many problems associated with aeromedical transport, particularly with rotary wing aircraft, which have shown an alarming tendency to crash. The use of lighter than air vehicles (blimps, hot air balloons) might offer most of the advantages of conventional aieromedical transport, with an appreciable improvement in safety.