Anywhere outside the “Golden Hour” qualifies as a wilderness activity. The term “golden hour” refers to the amount of time it would hypothetically take from mechanism of injury to laying on an operating table in an appropriate trauma center (whichever level required). In “Wilderness Medical Training” you are specifically taught when to request evacuation. This involves taking and monitoring all vital signs. I would be willing to guarantee the patient showed signs of shock! Shock is an automatic evacuation!I am curious as to why she was air evac if she did to sustain potentially life threatening injuries. I’ve been in medicine for a while and I have never had or even heard of a patient getting a helo ride for a fracture. There are complications from fracture that can threaten the limb but there really is no way to test for compartment syndrome in the field.
Source: I am Solo Wilderness Medicine certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR). These courses are required for all medical care flight and search/rescue personnel. For anyone interested in “knowing” what to do if you find yourself in an emergency I highly recommend looking into these organizations: