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Using Crash Data to Guide EMS Response
An expert panel of emergency physicians, trauma surgeons, vehicle safety experts
and others concluded in a new report that advanced automatic crash notiﬁcation
(AACN) systems hold promise for improving the outcomes of victims of motor vehicle
crashes, and offered recommendations toward utilizing them in emergency response
The systems, the panel found, could help predict the likelihood of serious injury
among vehicle occupants, decrease EMS response times, shape ﬁeld triage destina-
tion and transportation decisions, and reduce the time to deﬁnitive trauma care for
patients. Their report includes a model AACN protocol by which telemetry data helps
guide determination of injury severity.
The telemetry information is based on sensors in the vehicle that, in the event of
a crash, transmit data such as force and direction of impact, multiple impacts and
air bag deployment to advisors who forward the information to emergency dispatchers. This helps the dispatchers better determine
what personnel and equipment to send and what destinations are appropriate for transport.
Find the report, Recommendations From the Expert Panel: Advanced Automatic Collision Notiﬁcation and Triage of the Injured Patient,
MORE TIME FOR stroke care • Bonnie McNeill, 50, of the Union Rescue
Squad in Willard, NC, died of a cardiac arrest
Time is still essential for stroke patients, but they may have more
following a call in May. She also served with Pender
than previously thought: New guidelines published in May in the EMS and Rescue in Pender County.
journal Stroke extended the window for use of clot-busting • EMT-I Christopher Meadows, 24, a search
drugs from three hours after the start of symptoms to 4½ for and rescue volunteer with the San Luis Obispo
some patients. The number of victims getting the treatment County (CA) Sheriff’s Department, was killed in an
is expected to increase with the increased interval. Presently, ATV accident while responding to a call in May.
only around a third of stroke suf