As technology continues to advance past one’s wildest dreams, it should come as no surprise that many fields are adapting and developing at a rapid pace as well – mostly for the sake of keeping up with the times.
This trend is no exception in the medical field, where new technologies, drug trials, and other various treatments are pitched and introduced frequently. Although, it is important to note that these techniques are not put into practice quite as often.
The portion of the medical field that seems to be adapting the most, however, is that of emergency medical services – or EMS, which have been especially impacted by positive advancements in technology over the past decade.
With that in mind, let us take a look at how emergency medical services are advancing and why that is so important to the present and future of healthcare across the globe:
Improved Communication Equipment
One of the most vital tools to paramedics is, without a doubt, communication. WIthout it, it is impossible to check in on patients, ensure they are receiving the proper care they require, or even locate the patient in need to begin with.
So, given the advancements that have been made in the technological world, paramedics have been granted the opportunity to utilize equipment that allows them to transmit patient information back and forth to the hospital from the ambulance, or easily communicate with other first responders in the midst of disastrous events.
Automatic Crash Notification (ACN)
In recent years, developers have created a program that instantly notifies ambulance drivers and other first responders of car crashes. This development not only makes it easier for drivers to find the scene of the accident, but it also gives those involved in the crash an opportunity to get assistance if they or a bystander cannot call 911 themselves.
Air Medical Services
Air medical operations, which include both helicopters and traditional, fixed-wing aircraft, have become significantly more useful in the United States and internationally. This industry has grown massively since the Vietnam War, when military-grade medevacs were first truly introduced.
While the technology on board these aircrafts has advanced dramatically, the mission is still essentially the same – get patients to the hospital as quickly and efficiently as possible. This mission is achieved through the use of the old military objective of “The Golden Hour.” This rule ensures that patients are brought to a definitive care facility within an hour of rescue and, thanks to the expertise of the paramedics on board and the pilots themselves, this goal is met more often than not.
Improved Health Care Data Systems
Thanks to the Emergency Medical Services Agenda for the Future, the field of emergency medical services has adopted uniform protocol to ensure patients receive the best care as quickly as possible.
This was done by enacting the five following goals for the EMS system: “(1) adopt uniform data elements and definitions …; (2) develop mechanisms for generating and transmitting data that are valid, reliable, and accurate; (3) develop information systems that are able to describe an entire EMS event; (4) develop information systems that are integrated with other health care providers …; and (5) provide feedback to those who generate data.”
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