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Revista Facultad Nacional de Salud Pública

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Abstract

VELASQUEZ-OSORIO, Natalia; NARANJO-LUJAN, Salome  and  GONZALEZ-ECHEVERRI, Germán. Prehospital care indicators for road incidents in Colombia. Rev. Fac. Nac. Salud Pública [online]. 2017, vol.35, n.3, pp.410-419. ISSN 0120-386X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17533/udea.rfnsp.v35n3a11.

Prehospital care (PHC) reduces lethality and minimizes morbidity and its effects in urgency and emergency situations. Assessing its degree of development is thus relevant.

Methodology:

the authors used a systematic review of the literature, inquiries to experts and a pilot test with a system of PHC indicators for road incidents in Colombia which was implemented in 6 cities, one department and one highway concession.

Results:

according to political, regulatory, conceptual, methodological, international and national guidelines, a system of indicators was proposed to be applied in accordance with the territorial development of PHC. However, there were a number of difficulties to implement it.

Conclusion:

it is necessary to strengthen PHC and standardize an information system for monitoring it in Colombia.

Keywords : indicators; prehospital care; road incidents.

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