Who decides when to call the Life Flight?
August 25, 2012 4:26 PM Subscribe
I am unconscious, I've been in a terrible accident and I am in a rural area in the United States. Who decides whether I should be flown to the nearest city or taken to the local rural hospital that may not be equipped to handle my emergency?
posted by cda to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I live in a rural area and I just found out our local hospital is not qualified to treat stroke or heart attack. Yet when we went in with signs of stroke we were not told this and not offered to be flown to the city. Should the paramedics have offered to make the arrangements? Or does the local hospital administration decide? And is it based on if you have insurance or not (we don't).