Author: isabel-gardett-phd

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Emergency dispatchers are no strangers to misunderstandings about what they do. Even the U.S. government classifies emergency dispatchers as “clerks,” rather than as the protective service professionals they are. In research on emergency dispatch, we see plenty of misunderstanding as well. Mostly, it comes in the form of narrowed focus. When people talk about emergency dispatch research, they generally mean they’re studying one of two things times or cardiac arrests. The vast majority of emergency dispatch research over the past twenty years has focused on one of these two topics. Yet as...

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Multi-Protocol Discipline Agencies Use Different Protocols To Process Traffic Accidents

Traffic incidents (collisions and crashes) are among the most common call types handled by Emergency Communication Centers (ECCs). They are also among the most complex call types because they represent such a range of possible situations. ECCs that handle calls in multiple disciplines (medical, fire, and law enforcement) may have multiple protocols available for handling traffic incidents because the Medical Priority Dispatch System, Police Priority Dispatch System, and Fire Priority Dispatch System each contains its own traffic and transportation incident protocol....

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Weapons Reported On-Scene by Callers to Emergency Police Dispatch

Providing information about possible weapons on scene is an essential objective of police dispatching and clearly valuable to officer safety. However, up to now, no information has been available about how often callers report weapons as “involved or mentioned” in an incident, what types of weapons are most commonly reported, or which incident types most commonly have reported weapons associated with them. : The primary objective of this study is to determine which types of weapons are reported most often and on which Police Priority Dispatch System (PPDS®)...

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Time-to-First-Compression and Barriers to Dispatch-Assisted Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Rapid identification of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and delivery of bystander chest compressions in patients with ventricular fibrillation are key elements in the chain of survival. The timeliness of dispatcher-assisted CPR may improve survival in such patients. The Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS©) has recently introduced a streamlined process for emergency medical dispatchers (EMDs) that provides early identification of OHCA and rapid delivery of chest compression instructions in version 13.0, known as the Obviously Not Breathing...

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