How GPS Trackers are Helping Paramedics
Real-Time Tracking Ambulances
When the whaling sounds of sirens run through a neighborhood people know that someone is in dire need of help, and the sirens are the sound of that help coming. After someone dials 911 or if an accident was reported, paramedics respond to the call as quickly as possible to provide assistance to anyone who might be suffering any type of injury. The ambulances that drive the paramedics are essentially mini-hospitals on wheels filled with life-saving equipment ranging from:
- Cardiac equipment
- Bandages and ointments
- And more
The newest tool that many paramedics are being equipped with has less to do with patient care and more emphasis placed on routing efficiency and protection. The tool is a GPS tracking system, more commonly known as a vehicle tracking system. However, these GPS trackers do more than simply tell someone where an ambulance is located. The GPS trackers that many ambulances are now being outfitted with will allow paramedics to:
- Activate a “panic button” to alert hospital personnel of a serious problem
- Communicate with hospitals or dispatcher through a two-way messaging terminal
- Record all ambulance driving-related information before, during, and after an incident
- Alert the control center or hospital that the ambulance lights are flashing
“Vehicle tracking systems have made life easier for many businesses, fleet management operations, and even ordinary people and that is why we chose to utilize the GPS trackers for our fleet of ambulances”, explained an owner of a private ambulance company.
GPS Tracking Systems Are Increasing Ambulance Efficiency
The GPS trackers that many ambulances are now using update in real-time, and the GPS tracking system data can be easily examined over the Internet, making the tracking system data accessible to anyone with a valid password and log-in identification. Although GPS trackers have advanced so quickly in a short time that accessing the data has become a child’s play, how the GPS devices really help paramedics are with their ability to quickly assist in ambulance routing.
Using the tracking systems in the same fashion as many fleet management operations, ambulances can now be guided and re-routed by a control center, hospital, or other outside groups. The GPS fleet trackers will allow ambulances to arrive at the scene of the emergency at the optimum time, allowing paramedics to increase their ability to save and help people who are hurt or injured. “Hopefully these GPS tracking systems will result in a more efficient fleet of ambulances and the result will be more lives save”, said an employee at Inland Valley Hospital.
Anything that can help paramedics, hospitals, and emergency services to save lives is a great thing.
Matthew is a freelance writer who is passionate about technology, music, photography, and decentralized finance.