Legehelikopter i fjellbygder. Evaluering av ett års drift av Dombåsbasen
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Original versionTidsskrift for den Norske lægeforening 1991, 111 (2):221-4
On 1 January 1988 the Norwegian Air Ambulance Plan was put into effect. The operational base for the regional counties Oppland, parts of South Trøndelag, Møre and Romsdal and Hedmark was established in the township of Dombås. The base had a helicopter staffed with a specialist in emergency medicine. The operation of this base was evaluated for the period 1 February 1988 to 1 February 1989. 242 missions were undertaken. In 27 of 184 primary missions (15%) and in 11 of 32 secondary missions (33%) the service was judged to have given health benefit. It may have prevented the death of 13 patients. The service costs during the year were approximately NOK 10 million. The cost-benefit ratio is judged to be too high. In inland-Norway, with a widely scattered population, it is probably better to improve the quality of the emergency services offered by general practitioners and ordinary road ambulances than to use a helicopter staffed with a specialist in emergency medicine.