EMS: A Practical Global Guidebook is the first international resource for EMS services edited by an international team of experts. The World Health Organization recognises that each year more than 100 million people worldwide sustain injuries, that more than five million people die from violence and injury, and that 90% of the global burden of violence and injury mortality occurs in low- and middle-income countries. The WHO also recognises that improved organization and planning for provision of trauma and emergency care is an essential part of integrated health-care delivery that it plays an important role in preparedness for, and response to, mass-casualty incidents.
EMS organization and planning lowers mortality, reduces disability, and prevents other adverse health outcomes arising from the burden of everyday injuries. In response to a growing need for coordination and communication across nations and cultures, this book is designed to help the Global EMS community come together to establish and develop coordinated components of global and national EMS systems.