Bacon:Streamlining emergency responses for Hoosiers

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Friday, March 10, 2017 8:45 am

The General Assembly is at the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session. The House will now be considering Senate bills, and vice versa. At this point, I am sponsoring three Senate bills, which means I am the one presenting each bill to fellow House members in hopes that the bill will be passed into law.

One of the bills I am sponsoring would task the Indiana Emergency Medical Services Commission and Indiana State Department of Health to develop a statewide set of standards that would apply to air ambulances. These standards would be reviewed and possibly updated every three years

Currently, if a person is in a car accident and has to be extricated from the vehicle by first responders, that person is then required to be taken to the hospital via a medical helicopter.

In some instances, a person may just be stuck in the vehicle with only minor injuries like a broken arm. To be transported in an ambulance without using life support can cost at least $600, with the distance traveled and equipment cost added to that price. The cost to be transported via helicopter from the scene of an accident can range from $16,000 to $30,000.

The standards that would be developed under this legislation would be for the activation and use of air medical services when transporting. patients from the scene of the emergency to trauma centers. Establishing these guidelines will hopefully lead to a more efficient emergency evacuation process at the scene of an accident while saving patients a lot of money.

As always, please contact me with questions or input at 317-232-9833 or by email at h75@iga.in.gov. I appreciate hearing from you in order to better represent our district. Stay up-to-date with the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov/h75.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.