By Laura Hampson and Sarah Catalanotto, Florida Rural Health Association
Picture this: A loved one suffers a medical emergency or has an accident that leaves them in desperate need of professional medical attention. For many Floridians in rural counties with limited access to trauma centers, that can be a startling, scary reality.
During a medical emergency, it is absolutely critical to get access to quality care as quickly as possible. That’s why air medical services are so crucial for Florida’s more rural counties, including those that surround the Tallahassee area.
Consider, as just one example, the recent major car crash involving a drunk driver in Gadsden County. Five individuals were seriously injured and required fast emergency medical transportation, including an air ambulance. Incidents like this emphasize the critical need for emergency air medical services to protect our communities.