NCMC stronger in trauma? Last I checked MCR and NCMC are both level II's.Since the crash was East of Milliken I assume they went to NCMC, plus NCMC is quite a bit stronger at handling trauma. Secondly as with every Northern Colorado Ambulance agency, if you have possibly three trauma reds you are overwhelmed; this is due to staffing and such large response areas. Finally you need to spread the patients out to different hospitals. The best way to do this is use the speed of the helicopters. Absolutely call them in.
There is no set absolute state mandated criteria by any means Larry, it's very agency dependent. So for areas like Glacier View and New Raymer there are auto launch protocols which means almost every medical call to 911 get a chopper response then some of those same areas already mentions and smaller volunteer agencies like Deer Trail and Rattlesnake get a chopper on SB at least for almost every call to act as there ALS response if needed since most of those areas have limited to no paramedics. Then to make matters even worse many of those areas also use the "chooper" to transport almost all patients out of district enabling them to keep there limited volunteer resources in district.Jim. Exactly what kind of trauma does it take for an air medical chopper to be launched to a scene? Time and time again, I hear the pilot turn around after burning 30+ gallons of fuel before they're cancelled because someone on scene thought the chopper should be launched when it NEVER should have been sent in the first place.