GROUNDBREAKING research by Coventry University could provide potentially life-saving assistance to paramedics treating pedestrians injured in road crashes.
A detailed database of pedestrian injuries and a mathematical model is being developed which so paramedics can analyse injuries in great detail and have access to ‘virtual CT scans’ at the scene.
The virtual scans will give information in seconds about the victim’s potential internal organ injuries, enabling medics to better determine the right treatment there and then.
Hospitals could also receive the information so they can have more appropriate treatments ready to go for when the patients arrive.
The Forensic Pedestrian Trauma Database (FPTD) is being developed by Dr Christophe Bastien and his colleagues at Coventry University’s Research Centre for Future Transport and Cities.
They have been working alongside University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) with funding coming from The Road Safety Trust.
The research has won the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award and gathered interest from hospitals, ambulance services, transport forensics and the police.
Click below to see the video about the research.
Coventry University’s Associate Professor in Paramedic Science, Gary Gilkes, said:
“Pedestrian trauma injuries can be very emotional and human factors can slow down the process of triage, so having a way to speed up this process and minimise these human factors would undoubtedly improve patient outcomes and save lives.
“There’s no doubt in my mind this research and this framework will certainly improve the speed in which clinicians can triage injury patterns to be able to update hospitals so they can prepare treatment packages and we can start early interventions treatment on scene so these injuries don’t cause life-changing scenarios or conditions.”
Associate Professor (Academic) at Coventry University’s Centre for Future Transport and Cities, Dr. Christophe Bastien, added: “In the long term, we’re very hopeful we can develop our detailed framework into something that can be rolled out within the NHS and to healthcare services around the world.”
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