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Accession Number PB2014-100155
Title Emergency Medical Services Response to Motor Vehicle Crashes in Rural Areas. A Synthesis of Highway Practice.
Publication Date 2013
Media Count 84p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Motor vehicle crashes on rural roads account for more than half of all highway fatalities in the United States, yet less than one-quarter of the population lives in rural areas. Many factors contribute to the high rural fatality rate, such as the challenge for emergency medical services (EMS) to be notified, locate, respond, stabilize, transport, and care for crash occupants in a timely and effective manner. This synthesis presents information on the state of the practice for a broad cross section of rural EMS system characteristics. The report identifies factors that may help reduce the time needed to provide effective medical care to crash occupants on rural roads. Information used in this study was acquired through a review of the literature and a survey of state departments of transportation and EMS offices in 14 states. Follow-up interviews with selected agencies provided additional information.
Keywords Emergency Medical Services(EMS)
Emergency response
Fatalities
Injury rates
Motor Vehicle Accidents(MVAs)
Motor vehicle crashes
Performance evaluation
Rural areas
Traffic crashes
Transportation planning
Transportation safety


 
Source Agency Federal Highway Administration
National Academy of Science Transportation Research Board
NTIS Subject Category 85D - Transportation Safety
91I - Emergency Services & Planning
85H - Road Transportation
43D - Police, Fire, & Emergency Services
Corporate Author Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1401
Contract Number N/A

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