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Airlift NW provides a great service | Letter

November 14, 2013 · Updated 11:20 AM

I understand there is some controversy about Airlift Northwest.

All I can do is speak about my personal experience with this company. In August of 2012, a family member was injured on San Juan Island. He suffered many serious, life threatening injuries. With something of this nature, there is a “Golden Hour” for receiving treatment. The same for stroke victims, multiple trauma patients, and others experiencing cardiac distress. Fortunately for us, an Airlift Northwest helicopter with highly experienced medical staff on board arrived at the scene of the accident, and was able to transport my loved one to Harborview Medical Center within 60 minutes of the accident.

The chief of staff at Harborview said that it was due to Airlift Northwest that my family member received the critical care he needed in time to fully recover from his injuries. Given that it was rush hour traffic in Seattle at the time, Airlift Northwest pilots landed at the Level 1 trauma center, I can only imagine the damage that could have been done if we had not been able to land at the scene and deliver him directly to the helipad at Harborview. He certainly would not have made the “Golden Hour” without Airlift Northwest.

Many do not realize what an important part Airlift Northwest plays and the countless number of patients that have been saved by their service. When my loved one returned home many months later, he was transported in a fully staffed Airlift Northwest Turbo Commander, saving him hours of travel in an ambulance.

We have experienced full circle care with Airlift Northwest, and can not express our gratitude enough. By delivering him from the scene of the accident, to Harborview and back home to Orcas Island, they saved his life every step of the way. That’s the best $79 we’ve ever spent. I highly recommend a membership with Airlift Northwest.

Sabryna Bach



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