Saturday, August 29, 2015
AVALON, CATALINA ISLAND - Living or visiting Catalina is idyllic until a major illness or injury strikes. Then the beautiful ocean that surrounds the island can become a barrier to getting loved ones to emergency or specialized medical care. If a medical emergency meets certain criteria as determined by the paramedics in the field or by a physician at CIMC that a patient needs immediate transport to a tertiary medical center, air medical transport may be the best option. When emergent conditions arise CIMC typically works with MercyAir, the US Coast Guard, and the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department to get a patient transported. Which air service is used may depend upon the patient’s condition, weather conditions or availability and configuration of air ships.
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