An important aspect in the effective management of an emergency medical services system is the ability to monitor system performance. To provide this information on a timely basis, a comprehensive data collection system is required. We describe the design, implementation, use, and effect of a comprehensive, computerized data retrieval system within an urban fire department. Building on a data collection system already in place, it was possible to minimize the cost and accelerate the training process. A comparison is included between the different type of systems available for use with prehospital providers. Use of prehospital data collection systems results in more in-depth understanding of system operations and the status of prehospital medical care provided to the community.
- emergency medical services, data collection
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine