Transportation & Vehicle Safety Policy

TraumaHawk App Improves Preparation for Trauma Patients

Crashed Vehicle

TraumaHawk, an emergency response smartphone app developed by PPC's Director of the Transportation and Vehicle Safety Research Program Dan McGehee and colleagues, is already saving lives, even in its prototype stage.  The app, which sends photos of vehicles that have been in a crash to medical personnel prior to the victims' arrival in the ER, is being tested by Iowa State Troopers and almost doubles the time in which doctors and nurses have to prepare for incoming patients.  The project is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation, and is spearheaded by UI Faculty and Staff: Daniel V. McGehee, PhD, Chris Buresh, MD, MPH, Denise Szecsei, PhD, Cori Peek-Asa, PhD, MPH, Michelle Lilienthal, RN, MA, CEN, Kari Harland, PhD, Dieter Friton, EMT-P, and University of Washington Dept of Surgery: Robert Kaufman.

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