Why We Do it
Currently, there is no national hotline number for people to call when there has been a crash with injuries. This often creates significant delays in bringing necessary resources to crash scenes and in patients receiving treatment for their injuries. Most traffic injury victims are currently receiving care from untrained bystanders, and this lack of training carries very real risks. An excellent example of this is patients who are paralysed because of improper handling and transportation before reaching the hospital. Most bystanders are also working without proper equipment, making it even more difficult to provide good care. Using non-sterile supplies also carries a higher risk of infection. There is often confusion about where to send badly injured patients. This creates additional delays when patients are first taken to medical facilities that are not properly equipped to care for them, and then require transfer elsewhere for surgical treatment.