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New CDC Report on Advanced Automatic Collision Notification

May 21, 2009

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Injury Center is pleased to announce the availability of a new report titled, Recommendations from the Expert Panel: Advanced Automatic Collision Notification and Triage of the Injured Patient.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Injury Center is pleased to announce the availability of a new report titled, Recommendations from the Expert Panel: Advanced Automatic Collision Notification and Triage of the Injured Patient.

This report present the findings of this national expert panel, convened by CDC, comprised of leaders in emergency care, public health, safety, and automotive experts. The panel found that using available vehicle telemetry technology, such as Advanced Automatic Collision Notification (AACN), shows promise in helping save lives through the potential to predict the severity of injuries of vehicle crash victims which can help emergency care providers more quickly identify, diagnose, transport, and treat injuries; and use of rapid communication and vehicle locating capabilities, which can help decrease response time by EMS providers.

The initiative and report on AACN evolved out of CDC’s larger and long-standing field triage initiative and the Field Triage Decision Scheme: the National Trauma Triage Protocol. The care and triage decisions made daily by emergency medical services (EMS) providers within minutes of arriving at an injury scene are crucial. Previous CDC-supported research indicates care at a Level I trauma center lowers the risk of death by 25 percent for severely injured patients, compared with treatment received at a hospital without trauma care services.

A copy of the full report and findings from the expert panel can be ordered or downloaded at no cost at www.cdc.gov/injuryresponse/aacn.html or by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO. We encourage you to forward this email announcement and attached sample article to your partners and members.

For more information on CDC’s Field Triage Decision Scheme, please visit www.cdc.gov/FieldTriage.