In the early 1980s, studies showed about half the deaths due to trauma could have been prevented if patients had received critical care sooner. When Dr. Greg Powell lost a young mother who was being transported from a rural area to Calgary by ground ambulance, he decided something had to change. That’s when he founded STARS.
Less than half the population of Western Canada lives in major urban centres and has access to critical care within minutes. For the other half such access is measured in hours. That can mean the difference between life and death; full recovery or permanent damage.
With STARS, those living in rural communities, working in remote areas, travelling on highways or being transported from community hospitals to major medical centres, receive the very best in critical care in helicopters staffed and outfitted as mobile ICUs.
- The more quickly a patient receives treatment, the much better their recovery.
- Timely treatment of stroke, heart attacks or brain injuries can save more than $1 million per patient.
- The economic benefits of helicopter ambulance missions are six times higher than the costs.
- Patients transported by helicopter ambulance are more likely to survive than those transported by ground ambulance, even though they are more severely injured.