ACCIDENT FLYING SQUAD

THIS PAPER DESCRIBES THE ORGANIZATION, EVALUATION, AND COSTING OF AN INDEPENDENTLY FINANCED AND OPERATED ACCIDENT FLYING SQUAD. 132 ACCIDENTS INVOLVING 302 CASUALTIES WERE ATTENDED, SIX DEATHS WERE PREVENTED, MEDICAL TREATMENT CONTRIBUTED TO THE SURVIVAL OF AN ADDITIONAL FOUR, AND THE CONDITION OR COMFORT OF MANY OTHER CASUALTIES WAS IMPROVED. THE CALLS IN WHICH SURVIVAL WAS INFLUENCED WERE EVENLY DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE THREE-AND-A-HALF-YEAR SURVEY AND SEVEN OF THE 10 SO AIDED WERE OVER 16 AND UNDER 30 YEARS OF AGE, ALL 10 BEING IN THE WORKING AGE GROUP. THE TIME TAKEN TO PROVIDE THE SERVICE WAS NOT EXCESSIVE AND THE EXPENSE WHEN COMPARED WITH THE OVERALL SAVING WAS VERY SMALL. THE SCHEME WAS SEEN TO BE EQUALLY SUITABLE FOR BASING ON HOSPITAL OR GENERAL PRACTICE OR BOTH, AND WORKING AS AN INTEGRATED TEAM WITH THE AMBULANCE SERVICE. THE USE OF SPECIALIZED TRANSPORT WAS FOUND TO BE UNNECCESSARY. OTHER BENEFITS OF THE SCHEME INCLUDED USE OF THE EXPERIENCE OF ATTENDING ACCIDENTS TO ENSURE RELEVANT AND REALISTIC TRAINING FOR EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL, AND AN APPRECIATION OF THE EFFECT OF AMBULANCE DESIGN ON THE PATIENT. (A)

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 569-74
  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 3
    • Issue Number: 5826
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
    • Serial URL: http://www.bmj.com/

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00222394
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 15 1974 12:00AM