This report offers a look at national EMS data and evaluates the use of lights and sirens, its effectiveness and impact on patient outcomes, and recommendations for state and local EMS.
Advancing Ambulance Safety
Protecting the health and safety of EMS practitioners and their patients
NHTSA’s Office of EMS has partnered with a number of organizations, Federal agencies and U.S. Department of Transportation offices to develop resources that help EMS agencies understand ambulance crashes, transport patients safely, report ambulance and equipment defects and build or buy safer ambulances.
Advance Ambulance Safety in States and Agencies
After studying nearly 20 years of data gather from investigations of fatal ambulance crashes, our team has developed presentations and other resources to show how proper use of restraints for both patients and providers has a significant impact on the outcome of ambulance crashes. View the Ground Ambulance & Crash Safety resources below to access links to the agencies and offices supporting fatal ambulance crash investigations.
Report Ground Ambulance Defects
NHTSA Office of Defects Investigations collects complaints about ground ambulance vehicle and equipment defects to determine if a safety-related defect trend exists. If a defect is identified, ODI works with manufacturers and the industry to resolve the issue to help save lives. Learn More or File a Complaint