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EMS News Network is brought to you by EMS NEWS network 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 decision-making. 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, at www.cdc.gov/injuryresponse/aacn.html. LINE-OF-DUTY DEATHS 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
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