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When Do You Need CareFlight Air Responses?

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: If you have an emergency but cannot be reached by an ambulance, what are your options?
Air Date: 9/15/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Andrew Hawk, MD
Andrew Hawk Dr. Andrew Hawk began his career at Miami Valley Hospital in 1990 as an Emergency Medicine Physician. Since 1993, he has also been the Medical Director of CareFlight.

His education includes a Doctor of medicine degree from Wright State University School of Medicine, completing an Emergency Medicine Residency at Methodist Hospital of Indiana in Indianapolis, and maintaining Board certification in Emergency Medicine.

His previous experience includes working at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 20 years and as a Flight Physician for the lifeline Helicopter Program at Methodist Hospital during his residency.

Dr. Hawk is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Paramedic program at Sinclair Community College.
When Do You Need CareFlight Air Responses?
What if you or a loved one had an emergency trauma but were out of reach of an ambulance? Are you able to be airlifted to the nearest hospital?

CareFlight is a growing medical advancement that gives you quick and safe transportation 24 hours a day to the nearest hospital when you are unable to drive and don't have access to an ambulance.

Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) started using CareFlight services in 1983 and currently serves over 200 hospitals and more than 700 fire and police departments. CareFlight is also equipped with mobile intensive care units (ICU) that have up-to-date medical technology and top emergency practitioners.

When would you need to call CareFlight?

Typically, CareFlight is used in any trauma: motor vehicle accidents, if you've fallen from a significant height, shootings or stabbings, and heart attacks or strokes.

How much does CareFlight cost?

Unfortunately, using CareFlight can be a little more expensive than an ambulance; but oftentimes can be your only option. Each transportation cost is different. There is a base loading fee as well as a per mileage fee incorporated into your bill; however, through third party payers, the cost is well reimbursed.

What else do you need to know about the CareFlight program?

Director of Miami Valley Hospital CareFlight Air and Mobile Program, Dr. Andrew Hawk, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss what the CareFlight Air and Mobile Program is, why it would be needed and how it's helping save many lives in emergency situations.
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