Trauma Hawk App Takes the Doctor to the Accident


The University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics releases a new app, called Trauma Hawk, to be used by the regional EMTs which will allow first responders to capture and transmit pictures of the scene of an accident, or of a patient’s injuries, directly back to the ER while the patient is still en route.

Emergency Room staff generally receive just minutes of notice before trauma patients arrive. By providing visual documentation of inbound patients, in addition to the basic EMT report being called in, staff can better predict and prepare for the patients needs.

“We want to concentrate on the simplest of information that gives the most value,” said Daniel McGehee of University of Iowa.

The app is expected to be available to first responders within the region by January.

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