To determine the adequacy and effectiveness of the helicopter services it provides to residents of underserved areas who suffer a trauma injury, EMS should collect, assess, and report accurate and complete data on the following: the health outcomes, including mortality rates, of trauma patients transported by helicopter.
The EMS Agency 2014 Data Report was published in October 2014 (http://file.lacounty.gov/dhs/cms1_220127.pdf). The data in this report reflects calendar year 2013 activity. Included in this report is Trauma patient mode of transport and transport time data. An analysis of this data shows that 4% of trauma patients are transported by helicopter from the scene. 95% of the trauma patients transported by helicopter lived and their mean transport time was 20 minutes, and the 5% of the trauma patients transported by helicopter that died had a mean transport time of 16 minutes.
The EMS Agency data report is currently being developed, which includes helicopter transport and trauma care data. EMS plans to complete and publish the report by December 2014.
The DHS Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency will analyze data, develop reports and publish annual reports on helicopter transport and care of trauma patients. Data collection methods and reporting formats will be redesigned and reviewed.
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