TraumaHawk helps medical staff anticipate car crash injuries

Automobile crashes often lead to severe injuries, but hospital emergency rooms may only have a few minutes to prepare for incoming victims, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported on February 16.

A new smartphone application being developed in cooperation with staff at the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator program and the Iowa Department of Transportation may accelerate the warning time before an ambulance arrives at the emergency room of UI hospitals and clinics with a car accident victim. Where before medical staff may have had only seven minutes to prepare, photos sent by the app from the scene of the accident could increase that preparation time to 30 or even 45 minutes.

The app, called TraumaHawk, enables state troopers who responded to the scene of the crash to send photographs of the damaged vehicles through their smartphones to UI hospitals and clinics to assist doctors and nurses in determining the extent of a patient’s injuries.

Our attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., advocate on behalf of personal injury victims in Des Moines. If you have been injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, do not hesitate to enlist our help by calling (877) 327-2600 today.


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