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Technology Gives Emergency Crews a Green Light

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Re: In the EVP we trust?
chapAnjou   9/18/2014 5:08:15 PM
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"...while I'm all for shrinking the travel time for emergency vehicles, I'd have to say that if I were driving an ambulance, police car, or firetruck I'd still be pressing down on the brakes through intersections no matter an EVP in place or not."

@Beth,

I completely agree.  For all you know there could be a glitch in the system and you're not getting correct information. I always see see emergency workers slowing down at intersections.  Flying into an intersection at fullspeed is extremely dangerous because you never know what the cars at the intersection are going to do when they see the emergency vehicle approaching.

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chapAnjou   9/18/2014 5:04:32 PM
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"Too many ERs with expensive equipment and not enough patients in a certain geography, and the hospitals have to charge more per patient to recover their own costs. Similarly, if a hospital isn't filling its beds (at already outrageous prices) the additional costs fall on those people actually occupying beds."

@James,

Really informative post, thanks! It's fascinating to know that the size of the population is taken into account.  I guess it's interesting to me that such an important decision is based on a fluctuation value. What may have been a bustling area in one decade could potentially be a gost town a couple of decades later and those hospitals end up either closing down or become unreasonably expensive.

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Re: In the EVP we trust?
Ariella   9/17/2014 1:59:22 PM
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@Beth Thanks. Things seem to appear stable now. We actually rode in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, though not with sirens. It wasn't that urgent, though my son's doctor recommended calling the service instead of driving myself, and my son said he'd prefer the ambulance. That's the first time I've ridden in one. It's not terribly comfortable for the person riding along as one is seated sideways with a rear view for outside. 

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BethSchultz   9/17/2014 1:48:12 PM
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Hope all is well, Ariella. And glad to see you back.

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Ariella   9/17/2014 10:45:38 AM
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@chapAnjou <<Interesting read, Ariella.  Although I think the real question is, especially in regards to the Rockaways, why is the hospital 26 minutes away?  I think there are a few questions that need to be answered in order to fix this type of issue.  
  1. How many square feet in a neighborhood are covered by a single hospital?  In other words, what is the furthest out someone can live from Hospital A before it's considered too long and they should actually go to Hosital B?
  2. Using this basic formula, are there hospitals that overlap?
  3. Using this basic formula, are there areas that are simply not covered by any hospital?>>

As I mentioned in another comment, there are closer hospitals but not that level trauma center. I'm not certain there are any regulations that require a trauma center of that kind every 15 miles or so.  And really it's the design of the roads and the traffic in that direction that contribute the most to the delays in getting there. 

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Ariella   9/17/2014 10:43:33 AM
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@James as for the firetruck responses, yes that's true. Once we called the fire department because we smelled gas and were told that's what you're supposed to do. They sent two trucks over just because that's what they always do. There was no fire, and everything was OK, so it was rather overkill. Now we happen to live within 3 blocks of the fire department. That and the fact that a hydrant is right behind our driveway is supposed to be a plus for home insurance, though it's not why we selected this house.

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Ariella   9/17/2014 10:40:26 AM
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@James about the Rockaways, there are some hospitals that are closer than that but they don't rank as that level of trauma center. I spoke about this briefly with some volunteer ambulance drivers. Normally they take people to the closest hospital, but if they need that kind of treatment, they need to get through very heavy traffic to get it. 

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Ariella   9/17/2014 10:35:58 AM
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@chapAnjou you're right that they can't elminate the problems altogether. The best we can hope for is a reduction of accidents. The only way I can envision eliminating the problem down to nearly zero is to set up a separate road unique to emergency responders, but that is not at all feasible in a the places whose confested traffic makes the roads the most dangerous for such people. 

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Ariella   9/17/2014 10:33:56 AM
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@Beth I tend to slow down at intersections, too. But I suppose that if you know that a delay of even a couple of minutes might mean that some people will die from a fire or from not getting treatment for a heart attack quickly enough, you may drive through without hesitation. I think it's also a matter of what one gets used to. 

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Re: In the EVP we trust?
Ariella   9/17/2014 10:31:52 AM
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Sorry for the delay in responses. I didn't know the blog was slated for the 10th, and that day I had to take my son to the hospital and stayed in on the 11th, bringing him home on the 12th. Though I checked my email on the night of the 11th, I didn't see any notifications of comments on the blog. I only found out today that it ran last week. 

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