Providing timely care to crash victims is critical to reducing deaths and the severity of injuries. When a person is injured in a crash, they rely on first responders to quickly locate them, stabilize their injury, and transport them for care. Recent studies show that an effective emergency trauma care system can improve survival from serious injuries by as much as 25% and county-level coordinated systems of trauma care can reduce crash fatalities rates as much as 50%. The Safe System approach accepts that crashes will happen, but by focusing attention on reducing the severity of injuries when a crash occurs, such as post-crash care, we can better address every aspect of crash risks by being proactive and implementing multiple layers of protection. Grant programs for emergency medical services (EMS) include upgrading extrication equipment that allows emergency responders to quickly access occupants trapped in vehicles. Many emergency response agencies have outdated equipment that needs replacement, affecting their ability to reach victims quickly and increase their survivability.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PROGRAM AREA GOALS
- Decrease the average extrication time, from the time of arrival at the crash site to transport.