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Algorithm Can Improve the Guidance of Motor Vehicle Crash Victims to the Most Appropriate Place for Care

CHICAGO (May 5, 2016): Important information on a motor vehicle crash can help ambulance personnel and hospital staff better direct crash victims to the most appropriate care, but getting that information into a meaningful format for those personnel to use has been an ongoing challenge. Recently, a team of biomechanical specialists and clinicians at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, developed a computer algorithm that’s capable of providing that information through a novel method using data from electronic data recorders (EDRs) on board cars and trucks today.

The research team reported on the Occupant Transportation Decision Algorithm (OTDA) they developed is published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons in advance of print publication.

Read the entire news release from the American College of Surgeons.

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