When there's a medical emergency on the Enterprise, is there a reason that the response teams don't beam directly to the injured? Would transporters not allow for quicker response and give patients a better chance of survival?

For example, in TNG S4E7 Reunion, when K'Ehleyr is dying, the medical team takes 1:30 to get to her quarters. Dr. Crusher later says that "there wasn't enough time to take her into stasis", which seems like a very good argument for transporters.

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    They do sometimes.
    – Valorum
    Aug 2, 2020 at 20:50
  • related: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/172122/…
    – NKCampbell
    Aug 2, 2020 at 21:10
  • Doctor Pulaski would have objected to being beamed to a patient
    – Valorum
    Aug 2, 2020 at 23:40
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    Presumably, it's the same reason that (real-world) ambulance crews are trained to assess the situation for safety before entering a zone of potential danger. Beaming straight into an area where someone has been injured could easily put the medical teams into danger and result in more casualties being created.
    – Valorum
    Dec 22, 2020 at 12:21


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