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AIR METHODS FILES U.S. PATENT APPLICATIONS FOR AIRBORNE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AND PATIENT LITTER DESIGNS

Patent Protection Also Sought for State-of-the-Art Patient Litter
 Assembly for Use in Civilian and Military Emergency Settings
 DENVER, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Methods Corp. (AMEX: ARF.EC) today announced it has filed patent applications with the United States Patent Office for the intended protection of all design, use, and medical application of its air medical helicopter and airplane intensive care medical interiors. These patent applications were filed as part of the company's overall intellectual property strategy.
 The company today also announced the filing of a U.S. patent application for its innovative patient litter board design, for use in civilian and military trauma and critical care settings. This litter board is constructed from insoluble, state-of-the-art composite materials, rendering it resistant to most liquids, particularly bodily fluids. In addition, the company's litter will float, supporting up to 200 pounds. The unique litter design is capable of being stowed in two pieces, making it easy for search and rescue paramedics or battlefield medics to carry on their missions.
 The company projects that, once ready for commercial production, the potential market demand in terms of civilian health transport and worldwide military purposes could approach thousands of units annually. Furthermore, if this new patient litter system is adopted as the litter of choice, required by medical and military patient evacuation protocols throughout the world, the incremental revenue and earnings contributions from the company's commercialization of this patient litter technology would be impossible to estimate.
 Air Methods Corp. is the largest exclusive provider of state-of- the-art emergency air medical transportation systems and services to hospitals throughout the United States. Air Methods now serves 43 hospitals located in 13 states under 19 dedicated long-term operating agreements. The company utilizes only IFR-certified pilots and aircraft, including 26 helicopters and four airplanes, to perform these services. In addition, Air Methods offers completely integrated airborne medical systems for administering intensive care to patients while flying to a trauma center or a tertiary care facility, either from outlying hospitals or the scene of an accident.
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 /CONTACT: W. Terrance Schreier, chairman and CEO, or William H. Critchfield, executive VP and CFO, of Air Methods, 303-790-0587/
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