Vanderbilt Medical Center Adds LifeFlight Plane to Help Victims Faster
Doctors and nurses with Vanderbilt University Medical Center will soon be able to treat patients from across the country with a new Piltau PC-12 turbo prop plane added to its arsenal of emergency vehicles.
According to a report by wkrn.com, the plane will be hangered at the Nashville International Airport and will allow the hospital to retrieve patients from across the country who can receive treatment at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The plane will be used primarily to transport patients who are critically ill, need organ transplants, are suffering from burns and need specialized care, and children who are in critical condition.
In addition to its long-range capabilities, the plane also includes a variety of high-tech and life-saving medical equipment onboard, including blood transfusion capabilities, portable ventilators, and more.
The hospital also uses a fleet of helicopters to transport critically ill and injured patients throughout Middle Tennessee who need immediate medical treatment or the care of specialists.
What Are Your Treatment Options after a Car Accident?
If you’ve just been involved in a car accident, your top priority is getting medical attention right away for both you and your family. Emergency medical services are trained to arrive at accident scenes and begin providing treatment in a relatively short amount of time, but some accident victims may require more intensive care.
The options available to car accident victims in Middle Tennessee include:
- Receiving treatment at the accident scene
Sometimes the injuries that car accident victims suffer are so minor that they can be effectively treated at the accident scene by paramedics and other emergency medical personnel. These injures include things like small cuts, scrapes, abrasions, and bruises. Despite the fact that some victims don’t need full medical care after an accident, it’s still a good idea to get checked out by a doctor to rule out internal injuries and get a medical report of any injuries.
- Being transported to a local hospital via ambulance or helicopter for treatment
Regardless of the severity of your injuries, it’s always better to err on the side of caution after a car accident. Going to the hospital and receiving a full checkup to rule out internal injuries is an important step to take to protect your health. People who are critically injured are directly taken to the hospital from the accident scene by ambulance, while victims in rural or remote areas may be transported by helicopter.
- Refusing immediate treatment and seeing your own physician at a later time
If you don’t think you were seriously injured during your car accident, you may be tempted to refuse medical treatment at the scene and visit a doctor later. Doing so can put you at risk not only of developing possible complications as a result of the accident, but it can also make the insurance company suspicious of your injuries—especially if you wait days or even weeks to see a doctor after the accident.
If you or anyone in your family was seriously injured in the accident, you know that you need the help of medical professionals right away. But it’s important for the sake of your health and your chances of receiving compensation for the accident to make medical care a priority even after accidents that may not seem serious at the time. Chronic pain can take days, weeks, or even months to develop, and getting compensation can be difficult without medical reports that prove the injury occurred during the accident.
At Matt Hardin Law, our Nashville car accident lawyers have helped many auto accident victims just like you by building strong cases that the insurance companies can’t deny by using powerful evidence like police reports and medical reports to prove the other driver’s negligence and the injuries they caused. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us at (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online form.