County’s Trauma Star air ambulance service had the busiest day in its history
In just a
four-hour period, Trauma Star responded to two vehicle accidents and a
stabbing, transporting five people to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial
Hospital in Miami. A sixth person was air lifted by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s
As of the afternoon of March 27, Trauma Star’s two medically equipped helicopters – which can carry up to
two people – already have transported 203 people in 2017: 72 in January, 49 in
February and 82 so far in March. Of these 203 cases, 51 involved picking up
victims in the field as opposed to a Keys hospital. The breakdown of the 50
field transports: 39 trauma, 7 heart attacks and 5 strokes.
“The Trauma Star
program always is busy during peak tourist season in the Keys, but this year
already is proving to be exceptionally busy,” said Monroe County Fire Rescue’s
Andrea Thompson, Captain of Trauma Star and Emergency Medical Services. “We
have our second helicopter in operation for a daily 12-hour shift to ensure our
community has this life-saving service when it is needed.”
busy night began at 6 p.m. when Trauma Star 1 (the program’s newer helicopter
purchased last year) responded to a motorcycle accident on Sugarloaf Key. The 43-year-old
male driver and 29-year-old female passenger -- both of Key West -- were air
lifted to Miami. They are both is serious, but stable condition, according to
the Florida Highway Patrol.
7:15 p.m., Trauma Star got its second call of the night. This time, there was a
head-on collision near just south of miler marker 70 on U.S. 1 on Long Key.
Three people in the crash needed to be air lifted: a 42-year-old male and
37-year-old female, both from Georgia, and a 27-year-old female from Miami.
Trauma Star 2 (the program’s second helicopter) transported two of the victims
and Miami-Dade’s Air Rescue helicopter transported the third. All were in
serious but stable condition, according to FHP.
1 was returning to the Keys from Ryder Trauma Center when it got another call
at about 9:55 p.m. to transport a male stabbing victim, in his 20s, from Big
Pine Key. Monroe County Fire Rescue transported the victim to Trauma Star’s
Marathon headquarters, where patient care was transfered to Trauma Star 1,
which took him to Ryder Trauma Center.
“A day like
Sunday shows how important Trauma Star is to the residents and visitors of the
Florida Keys,” Thompson said. “I want to thank our flight crews for doing such
an amazing job.”
is a joint operation of Monroe County Fire Rescue and the Monroe County Sheriff’s
Office. Each helicopter crew consists of a pilot, flight medic and flight