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August 8, 2012

Helicopter vs Ground Transportation for Patients With Trauma

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliations: Department of Neurosurgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California (debraj.mukherjee@cshs.org).

JAMA. 2012;308(6):563-565. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.7774

To the Editor: The study by Dr Galvagno and colleagues1 focused on the association between helicopter vs ground EMS and survival among patients older than 15 years of age with Injury Severity Scores (ISSs) higher than 15 using the NTDB. While the authors attempted to control and adjust for multiple confounders within their analysis, there remain several areas of concern.