One of the most time consuming parts of physician involvement in air medical programs is the development and updating of medical protocols. In an effort to reduce workload and provide comparisons, several members of the ACEP Air Medical Transport Section have volunteered to share their protocols on this site.
These protocols have been developed by medical directors for their own medical teams in an effort to provide best practice given their environment, resources and training. (Please see caution note below). If you find these protocols are clinically appropriate for your medical team and decide to base a protocol on information garnered from these protocols, please give credit to the originator. The following is an example of appropriate wording: "Adapted from MedLink AIR protocol on Fetal Bradycardia/Distress reviewed 3/04".
CAUTION: The nature of medical care is that it is constantly evolving because of ongoing research and clinical experience and is often subject to interpretation. The reader is advised that the authors of the protocols and ACEP, its members, leaders or staff cannot be responsible for the currency of the information or for any errors, omissions or the application of this information, or for any consequences arising therefrom. ACEP only provides a web spot for viewing this content and has not reviewed or edited this information in anyway and is not responsible for the content.
Some of the sample protocols are in Word format and are compressed into .ZIP files. WinZip is required to view the files and can be downloaded free at www.winzip.com.