EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES: A SUMMARY OF FINDINGS FROM NHTSA SURVEYS
This report presents information related to emergency medical services (EMS) that was obtained in two national telephone surveys of the driving-age public (age 16 and older) conducted for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Those surveys are the 1995 NHTSA Customer Satisfaction Survey and the 1994 Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey. In general, the public expresses confidence in EMS. Almost three quarters (70%) expect an ambulance will arrive within ten minutes of being called, and two-thirds (67%) are very confident that the emergency workers would know what to do regardless of the type of emergency. More than 90% are aware of an emergency 9-1-1 number. Confidence in EMS varied by ethnic and racial characteristics. When asked what concerns they might have about stopping to help injured crash victims, most persons asserted that they would have no concerns and would stop. Yet many persons may be ill-equipped to provide the needed assistance. Fewer than one-third of the public (31%) have taken any kind of emergency or first aid training in the past five years. Prior training in emergency or first aid procedures was more prevalent among those who had completed more years of schooling. But these also were the persons who tended to voice the greatest reluctance to stop and help at a crash scene.
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Schulman, Ronca, and Bucuvalas, Incorporated145 E 32nd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY United States 10016
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Boyle, J M
- Publication Date: 1996-7
- Media Type: Digital/other
- Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
- Pagination: 35 p.
- TRT Terms: Confidence intervals; Crash victims; Data collection; Emergency medical services; Emergency training; Ethnic groups; First aid; Public opinion; Surveys
- Old TRIS Terms: Confidence level; First on the scene
- Subject Areas: Highways; Safety and Human Factors; Society; I80: Accident Studies;
- Accession Number: 00732408
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: HS-808 488
- Contract Numbers: DTNH22-93-D-05135
- Files: HSL, NTL, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Feb 18 1997 12:00AM