- •Air transport delay from remote areas may affect mortality in critical illness.
- •We evaluated fixed wing air ambulance transport of unselected patients to the nearest intensive care unit.
- •Thirty-day mortality ranged from 11% better to 22% worse for each 1 hour of delay.
- •There is a need for additional, larger studies on this topic.
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This study was approved by the Health Research Ethics Board of the University of Manitoba (H2017:345).
This work was supported by the Department of Ansesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine of the University of Manitoba, which had no role in study design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, report writing, or the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.