Special Issue "Emergency Medical Services Research"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: emergency medical services; emergency medicine; disaster medicine; resuscitation; medical education
Interests: emergency medical services; stroke; resuscitation; medical education
Emergency medical services (EMS) not only deliver emergency care for people who get sick or injured but also transport them in a timely manner to medical facilities that can provide definitive treatment. The compositions of the EMS system vary around the world. Some are run by physicians and some by emergency medical technicians. Variations of cultures, histories, and customs in different areas also affect the style of the local EMS system. The EMS system belongs to a part of social safety and plays a crucial role in preserving the lives of citizens who have suffered from life-threatening illnesses and traumatic accidents. EMS personnel also respond to various kinds of situations, including nuclear, biological and chemical incidents, and even disasters.
We sincerely invite research articles that are related to the EMS system to be submitted in this Special Issue, “Emergency Medical Services Research”, including descriptions of current condition, system improvement, prehospital care, new innovations, strategies, or technologies, occupational health and safety, financial issues, political statements, etc. Manuscripts of themes in disasters are also welcome.
Dr. Chih-Hao Lin
Dr. Ming-Ju Hsieh
Dr. Jen-Tang Sun
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Emergency medical services
- Emergency medical technician
- Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
- Occupational health and safety in EMS
- Prehospital management
- Public access defibrillation
- Mass casualty incident
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: A practitioners point of view: Simulation-based optimization of emergency medical services' base locations and schedules
Authors: Christoph Strauss; Günter Bildstein
Affiliation: IMS – Institut für Modellbildung und Simulation
Abstract: Many studies deal with optimizing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) on both, the strategic and the operational level. We show, how research results are applied to EMS- and healthcare organizations to simulate and optimize specific regions in Germany and Switzerland with their strong federal structure. We explain our computer-aided simulation models which provide decision support to improve cantonal emergency services' efficiency without increasing cost. We also show that all simulation-based methods suggest normative solutions optimizing EMS performance within given healthcare system structures. At least in Switzerland, this local view on "EMS only" faces its limits, and interactions between EMS, Emergency Departments, and public healthcare agencies are crucial to further improve effectivity, efficiency, and quality.