Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

4-2017

School

School of Nursing

Major

Nursing (B.S.N.)

Keywords

stroke, golden hour, helicopter transport, aeromedical transport, cerebrovascular accident, critical care, emergency medicine

Disciplines

Critical Care Nursing | Emergency Medicine

Abstract

Cerebrovascular accidents (CVA), known as strokes, are a leading cause of death worldwide. The delivery and timing of treatment for CVAs is a critical factor in restoring health to the patient. One of the variables in recovery is the method of transport used in bringing the patient to a health care facility. Aeromedical transport remains a valuable resource to achieve full recovery in stroke patients. An ongoing debate of risk versus benefit of helicopter emergency services will be included as well as examination of variables including location, time, physiology of the flight, and the patient’s condition to be scrutinized. In conclusion, aeromedical service will be evaluated to determine the efficacy in transport of CVA patients and survivability outcomes.

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