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Vehicle Telematics Initiative Will Provide Needed Research for EMS Trauma Triage Protocols

Jun 01, 2009

A national expert panel comprised of leaders in emergency care, public health, safety, and automotive experts found that using available vehicle telematics 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 and the use of rapid communication and vehicle locating capabilities.
Deciding whether a victim of a vehicle crash requires care at a trauma center is a life or death decision for emergency medical responders. In a new report released by the CDC, the findings of a national expert panel comprised of leaders in emergency care, public health, safety, and automotive experts found that using available vehicle telematics 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 and the use of rapid communication and vehicle locating capabilities. 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. The CDC Foundation and CDC recently hosted a telephone briefing to discuss the findings of an expert panel on the use of Advanced Automatic Collision Notification for emergency triage of motor vehicle crash victims. Click here to view the report on the findings.