TraumaHawk: Phase IV - Regional Expansion

This proposal describes Phase IV of the TraumaHawk project. TraumaHawk, a smartphone app for and first responders, was designed by the University of Iowa (UI) to connect first responders to level-1 hospital trauma teams. At the scene of a crash, first responders use TraumaHawk to generate and send a report with vital collision information, as well as photographs showing extent of intrusion and damage in a vehicle’s occupant compartment, to the receiving trauma center. Utilizing TraumaHawk to identify serious crashes remotely provides trauma teams with significantly more time to prepare for incoming patients than the conventional ambulance crew notification. This critical additional time allows trauma staff to assemble a more complete and appropriate level of treatment by specialists, as well as to arrange other vital aspects of care, such as scheduling operating rooms. TraumaHawk results to date have been positive, with a significant increase in emergency department (ED) prep time. When the TraumaHawk alert occurred first, the cases provided an earlier notification to the ED, on average, of about 12 minutes, but ranged up over 30 minutes prior to trauma page. Maximum time prior to trauma page was 90 minutes. Research tasks include: Task 1. Upgrade to TraumaHawk Server; Task 2. Increase Geographical Area with Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines; Task 3. Integration of Central Iowa Law Enforcement; Task 4. Monitor Outcomes; and Task 5. Reporting.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $80,000
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Iowa Department of Transportation

      800 Lincoln Way
      Ames, IA  United States  50010
    • Managing Organizations:

      University of Iowa, Iowa City

      102 Church Street
      Iowa City, IA  United States  52242
    • Project Managers:

      Gent, Steve

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Iowa, Iowa City

      102 Church Street
      Iowa City, IA  United States  52242
    • Principal Investigators:

      McGehee, Daniel

    • Start Date: 20170501
    • Expected Completion Date: 20200630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01662944
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Iowa Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 17-SPR0-007
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Mar 19 2018 12:47PM