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5,000 Patients A Year Denied Air Ambulances Due To Their Weight

5,000 Patients A Year Denied Air Ambulances Due To Their Weight

An estimated 5,000 patients in the US each year are denied access to air ambulances during medical emergencies due to excessive weight.

The nation’s weight problem is forcing emergency medical transporters to increase their fleets with bigger helicopters in order to avoid leaving behind critically ill patients who exceed weight or height limits.

When air emergency transport can’t take place, patients must travel by ground instead, a journey that can take twice as long.

NBC News

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