Spread of Public Health Issues and Epidemics
Opioid Crisis, Influenza, COVID-19, At-risk Populations and Vaping Related Illness/Injury
Call Volume, Dispatch Reasons, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Usage, Incident Dispositions and Patient Outcomes
Ambulance Patient Offload Times (APOT), EMS Compass, National EMS Quality Alliance (NEMSQA) Quality Measures and Core Measures
2018 – 2020 DATA | VOLUME 1 | PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2021
IMAGETREND COLLABORATE REPORT: EMS INCIDENTS DURING A MODERN DAY PANDEMIC
The Collaborate Report is three years (2018 – 2020) of retrospective analyses that encompasses over 17 million prehospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) incidents across the nation. This report spans various themes including COVID-19, traffic-related, behavioral health, alcohol and suspected drug use, pediatric patients and more.
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2019 – 2021 Data | Volume 2 | Published June 2022
Annual ImageTrend Collaborate Report
The purpose of this report is to contribute knowledge and insights to not only local, state, and federal agencies but the healthcare industry as a whole. This Collaborate Report is three years (2019 – 2021) of retrospective analyses that encompasses almost 24 million prehospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) incidents across the nation. This report spans various themes including Influenza and COVID-19, traffic-related incidents, behavioral health, alcohol and suspected substance use, fall injuries and more.
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ImageTrend Collaborate™ Quick Facts Report
The Collaborate Quick Facts are designed to provide rapid insights and awareness of key topics that relates to patient care, crew safety and operations management in the prehospital setting. These reports are supplemental information to inspire departments and others in the industry to evaluate their own data and how they compare against national data trends.
Lights and Sirens utilization in the prehospital setting can be one of the most dangerous actions taken during an incident not only to the responding crew, but also to the communities they service.
The usage of lights and sirens has a purpose, but the data suggests that the industry over utilizes these modes. National organizations, such as National EMS Quality Alliance (NEMSQA), have established quality measures to monitor the usage and the adoption of dispatch triage systems continue to bring awareness and ensure appropriate response modes based upon patient condition.
The Collaborate Short Reports are designed to provide a snapshot of data insights on relevant topics that relate to patient care, crew safety, operational management, and public health. They highlight and summarize key analysis and findings to drive industry awareness, validation, and more in-depth research.
Prehospital Incidents in the Geriatric Population from January 2019 to June 2022
Past studies have shown geriatric adults account for approximately 40% of all EMS responses. Understanding this aging population and their unique needs for EMS can help strengthen training, quality of care, resource allocation, and alternative healthcare options to ultimately improve patient quality of life.
This Collaborate report is a large sample of data from across the nation where incidents in the geriatric population are seen in the prehospital setting. This report looks at variables in these incidents across incident locations, urbanicity, regions, dispatch reasons, patient dispositions, gender, race and social determinants from 2019 to 2022. The goal is to add valuable data to not only the prehospital industry but also bridge the gap with public health programs and initiatives.
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2018-2020 National Trends in Firearm-related Incidents in the Prehospital Setting
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has identified firearm-related incidents as the top five leading causes of death for individuals under the age of 65.1 While intentionality of firearm-related incidents is not always known in the prehospital setting, U.S. trauma centers have seen an increase in patients with violent injuries, including firearm-related, over the past 12 months.2 Firearm-related incidents are a public health concern and can utilize valuable and often strained Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
This Collaborate report is a large sample of data from across the nation where firearm-related incidents are seen in the prehospital setting. This report looks at how these incidents have changed across age groups and different regions from 2018 to 2020. The goal is to add valuable data to not only the prehospital industry but also bridge the gap with public health programs and initiatives.
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Pediatric Behavioral Health Incidents in the Prehospital Setting from 2018 to 2021
Several studies have found an increase in emergent pediatric behavioral health incidents over the last two decades and even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported the proportion of pediatric mental health-related emergency department visits increased by 31% from 2019 to 2020. The rise in pediatric behavioral health emergencies is not only a societal concern, but also adds additional strain to EMS organizations.
This Collaborate report is a large sample of data from across the nation where pediatric behavioral health incidents are seen in the prehospital setting. This report looks at how these incidents have changed across age groups and different regions from 2018 to 2021.
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ImageTrend Collaborate Data shows respiratory-related incidents account for over 18% of emergent EMS incidents for children under the age of 5 last week (Week 45), almost a 40% increase from just 5 weeks ago and over a 30% increase before the COVID-19 Pandemic during the same week. Suspicion is RSV and Influenza are driving the increase.1-2
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*ICD-10 Codes J00-J99
Total emergent young pediatric (<5 years) incidents: 453,120
Total respiratory-related emergent young pediatric (<5 years) incidents: 47,092
Timeframe: 1 Jan 2018 – 12 November 2022
* ImageTrend Collaborate™ Influenza-Like-Illness inclusion criteria from provider impressions or symptoms: acute bronchitis, common cold, COVID-19, influenza, pneumonia, SARS, or at least 2 impressions/symptoms from 2 different categories of fever, respiratory symptoms, or other cold symptoms.
Updated: April 18, 2023
As your organization takes part in the Collaborate program, ImageTrend’s Clinical and Research team will be available to provide additional analysis on multiple topics related to your organization and the industry as a whole. We dive into research topics like pediatrics, community paramedicine, critical care, opioids, violence, trauma, and other urgent topics affecting communities.
Your state or organization will be contributing to advancing prehospital care and healthcare at large, to improve patient handling and outcomes. Research is valuable for all, but this is only possible through a collaborative effort.
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Douglas Butler Jr.
Director of Strategic Development
Douglas Butler Jr. began his EMS career in 2003 and has worked throughout the State of California. He has filled many roles including EMT, Paramedic, FTO/Paramedic Preceptor, EMD/EFD Certified 9-1-1 Dispatcher, EMS Educator, Regional Faculty (AHA) and Clinical Manager. As a Clinical Manager for AMR, Doug discovered his passion for data and quality improvement which led to his position as Data Systems Manager for Coastal Valleys EMS Agency, a multi-county EMS regulatory entity. He is currently a Director of Clinical Services for ImageTrend. Doug has implemented multiple ImageTrend platforms for CVEMSA and served as data consultant for REACH Air Medical’s ImageTrend system. Doug is a second generation paramedic and when not working is often camping with his dog Medic.
Morgan K. Anderson
Research Manager & Epidemiologist
Morgan joined the ImageTrend team in January 2017. She graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in epidemiology. Prior to coming to ImageTrend, Morgan spent 5 years with the Army Public Health Center Injury Prevention Department. In addition to working with clients, she plays a key role in refining ImageTrend’s Active Data Monitoring™, further expanding the monitors and topical content available for Continuum®, and publishing findings for scientific advancement. Her most recent work includes analyzing the Collaborate data and publishing a report on the findings, and developing the content and managing the data collected for CrewCare, a mental health awareness app for first responders. Morgan has research published in JEMS, American Journal of Preventative Medicine, The American Journal of Sports Medicine, Public Health, Military Medicine, and others. Morgan was named as an EMS10 Innovator in 2018, which recognizes industry influencers who have introduced significant innovations in EMS in the past year. She enjoys spending her free time with family, fishing, camping, hiking and volunteering with retired racing greyhound rescues.
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