Does increased emergency medical services prehospital time affect patient mortality in rural motor vehicle crashes? A statewide analysis.

BACKGROUND Fatality rates from rural vehicular trauma are almost double those found in urban settings. It has been suggested that increased prehospital time is a factor that adversely affects fatality rates in rural vehicular trauma. By linking and analyzing Alabama's statewide prehospital data, emergency medical services (EMS) prehospital time was assessed… (More)