Focus: Security

Philadelphia hospital creates police drop-off lane for gunshot victims

Philadelphia is one of the few cities where police take stabbing and shooting victims to hospitals

A Philadelphia hospital has designated a zone outside its emergency room doors for city police to quickly deliver gunshot victims to the ER, according to an article on The Inquirer website.

“There are multiple entrances to the emergency department at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and this signage ensures that patients are brought to the ambulance bay where our trauma team is best equipped to quickly care for them,” according to a statement from the hospital.

Philadelphia is one of the few cities where police take stabbing and shooting victims to hospitals in a practice dubbed “scoop and run,” which has been credited with lowering Philadelphia’s homicide rate. 

According to a 2014 study, when city police transported shooting victims, the survival rate was slightly better than when the gravely wounded had to wait for an ambulance.

Read the article.


July 3, 2018

Topic Area: Security

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