A trauma patient exceeds the weight limit for a Medflight

She had to be transported by ambulance, but she unfortunately died. The family is suing:

The EMS rule of not transporting patients who weigh more than an estimated 300 pounds is arbitrary and not required by any regulatory agency, Hanlon said.

“I was shocked when I learned of the 300-pound limit. It doesn’t make sense,” she said. “I can’t find any state or national standard for that (rule).”

The EMS rule likewise says the maximum weight limit for each medic on board and the pilot is 200 pounds, yet Hanlon said the Medflight helicopter can handle a total of 1,300 pounds, which includes all equipment on board.

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