When is a medical airlift needed?

The recent air transport of an accident victim from Bennington to Albany Medical Center from a landing site in New York prompted the question of why the helicopter didn’t utilize the local medical center’s helipad.

The answer, said Forest Weyen, executive director of the Bennington Rescue Squad, is that everything depends on the specific factors in each case, all of which go into such decisions. He described a collaborative process for deciding on an airlift that he said has evolved in recent years and led to significant improvements.

The motorcycle rider reportedly sustained serious head and other injuries June 25 in an accident on Hardwood Hill (Route 7A) in Bennington. A determination was made that he should go to the Level I trauma center at the Albany, N.Y., hospital rather than first to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

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