A GIS System for Ambulatory Transportation

B. Gülden, E. Mumcuoğlu, and N. Baykal (Turkey)


Health Informatics, Emergency Medical Service, Geographical Information Systems, Arcview


In public safety, geography plays a significant role. One of the most important front-line elements of public safety is an efficient emergency transport and care system. The capacity to access and process information rapidly and organize resources where needed can be critically important in an emergency situation. Information about the locality of an event or a disaster is often vital in knowing how to respond. A significant operation for the handling of emergency incidents is the routing of ambulances to incident sites and then to the closest appropriate hospitals [1]. One of important steps to surviving in an emergency is a quick response time [3]. The aim of this study was to build an immediate, rapid and efficient emergency medical transport system prototype, called AML, to be used in Middle East Technical University (METU) Emergency Service, Ankara, Turkey. In the study, geographical information systems (GIS) technology is used as they assist in the development and implementation of an emergency medical service (EMS) response system.

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