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Comprehensive Mapping at the TEAPaN Project Kick-off

The two-year collaborative project TEAPaN's kick-off and workshop for all of its partners took place in February. We asked project manager Stefan Candefjord from Chalmers three questions in order to find out more.

TEAPaN is a two-year project financed by Vinnova that is led by Bengt Arne Sjöqvist from PICTA and Stefan Candefjord from Chalmers.  The project will contribute to more efficient use of society's limited resources in case of traffic accidents, increased precision in deployment and reduced fatalities and injuries. 

What was the purpose of the workshop?

The purpose of the workshop was to map out the ideal information base that is needed for rescue and medical care in case of traffic accidents. TEAPaN's purpose is, among other things, to improve the information flow for dealing with accidents and incidents in traffic, and as a starting point, it is important that we have a very good understanding of what information medical care providers need in order to be able to help patients who are injured in traffic in the best way possible. It also includes information that is not normally available, such as measuring impact forces from the vehicles involved or a direct incoming alarm from a motorcyclist's smartphone in the event of a crash.

What did you get out of the workshop?

We began composing an exhaustive list of variables that are considered important in order to be able to take care of persons injured in traffic accidents in the best possible way. Examples of variables are how many people are involved in the accident, whether someone was thrown from or is trapped in the vehicle, whether the patient is awake and breathing, and the accident's location (GPS).

What influence does the make-up of the parties have on the project?

The purpose of the project is to increase traffic safety for all road users, for example, in case of accidents or sudden illness, by means of early identification and higher precision in assessment, prioritisation and deployment. This requires the establishment of fundamental conditions for collaboration between the communal sector, private sector and individuals - such as open interfaces and established connection to emergency and rescue resources. Together, the parties have very high competence within these areas and together they can pave the way to developing the TEAPaN concept.

When is the next meeting?

The next meeting is planned for April.

Partners

PICTA at Lindholmen Science Park, Chalmers Technical University, Consat AB, Detecht Techonologies AB, University of Borås, SOS International AB, the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Volvo Cars, Region Västra Götaland ambulatory care unit and emergency medical service call centre.