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April 24, 1967

Recommendations for Improving Emergency Medical ServicesNational Academy of Sciences/National Research Council

JAMA. 1967;200(4):304-305. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120170076013

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First Aid  Extension of basic and advanced first aid training to greater numbers of the lay population.Preparation of nationally acceptable texts, training aids, and courses of instruction for rescue squad personnel, policemen, firemen, and ambulance attendants.Adoption at the state level of general policies and regulations pertaining to ambulance services.Adoption at district, county, and municipal levels of ways and means of providing ambulance services applicable to the conditions of the locality, control and surveillance of ambulance services, and coordination of ambulance services with health departments, hospitals, traffic authorities, and communication services.Pilot programs to determine the efficacy of providing physician-staffed ambulances for care at the site of injury and during transportation.Initiation of pilot programs to evaluate automotive and helicopter ambulance services in sparsely populated areas and in regions where many communities lack hospital facilities adequate to care for seriously injured persons.