KL2 Scholar alum uses data to decide when to transfer patients by medical helicopter

Andrew Reimer, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

The ability to quickly move patients by medical helicopter is especially vital in what is known as the golden hour--that first hour after a traumatic injury, considered the most critical for successful emergency treatment.

"For true emergencies, it is quicker and better to transport someone by air, but that's not the majority of the transfers being made," said researcher Andrew Reimer, CTSC KL2 Scholar alum and assistant professor and longtime flight nurse who has made hundreds of emergency flights before and during his nursing career at Case Western Reserve.

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