Validation of low-acuity emergency medical services dispatch codes.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Computer-aided dispatch systems are used to assess the severity of a 9-1-1 caller's complaint and then assign an appropriate level of emergency medical services (EMS) response. OBJECTIVE To evaluate a group of low-acuity codes (defined as requiring advanced life support [ALS] intervention in fewer than 10% of cases) that has been derived and… (More)

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