No Harm Done From 'Scoop and Run' Police Transport Policy: Study
SATURDAY, Jan. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests it may not make much difference to survival if victims of gunshots and stabbing injuries are transported to the emergency department in a police car or by emergency medical services (EMS).
The study sheds light on the "scoop and run" approach to such injuries, which emphasizes getting a patient to the hospital quickly, even in a police car, instead of making a higher priority of treating the patient on the way through emergency medical services.
"It is critically important to remember that our study focuses on a very specific type of patient with a specific disease process in a densely populated urban environment," senior study author Dr. Brendan Carr, assistant professor of emergency medicine and biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, said in a university news release.
"We in no way are suggesting that patients with serious medical symptoms, such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, do anything but call 911 and await the highly trained EMS personnel who have the skill and equipment to deal with the situation and any potential problems," Carr explained. Read entire article...