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Helicopter Rescue's key role in reducing the road toll.

Horne, G



It has long been understood that providing medical care for road trauma victims within one hour of the crash can be critical in saving lives and highly beneficial in reducing the long term effects of injuries. This key period is sometimes referred to as “The Golden Hour” . Considering the victims of major trauma who die, experience indicates that 2/3 will have suffered major head or other central nervous system injuries about which little could have been done to prevent the outcome. However, 2/3 of the remaining fatalities would be preventable if the casualty were to receive appropriate medical management in this "Golden Hour" (1).