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Helicopters do not care for patients

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 28 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1165
  1. John N Wilden
  1. Locum consultant neurosurgeon Department of Neurosurgery, Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield WF1 4DG

    EDITOR,--J P Nicholl and colleagues' paper shows some of the misconceptions that develop when an expensive piece of machinery such as a helicopter is associated with medical care.1 A helicopter is a machine that flies through the air and can be used to transport personnel and equipment. It does not deliver medical care: the personnel and equipment do. The misconception that the helicopter delivers care pervades the literature on this subject, and this paper …

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