Analysis of Ambulance Complaints: Databasing, Statistical Reporting, and More

by Steven Gilbert



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/19/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 272
ISBN : 9781532095986
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 272
ISBN : 9781532095979

About the Book

This book is meant to be a reference book for ambulance investigators. Its primary focus is the importance of the investigative unit’s database, especially databasing information from individual complaints, as well as self-generated investigations. It includes a concept called “the family of complaint types”, which lists 494 related reports. Additionally, there are 543 other database reports that pertain to one or more of 46 investigative categories. From an investigative point-of-view the book covers what information should be databased, why so much information should be databased, the investigative benefits of entering so much information into the database, four sources for statistical information, the presentation of investigative stats, and lastly, the importance of a yearly Investigative Unit recap report. The first section covers a potpourri of topics which are not database related. These topics include information on complaints, what we can learn from complaints, investigations and cases, a formal investigative process, the importance of contacting the complainant as soon as possible after being assigned the case, a coverup is always worse than the original incident, negative EMS perception, the Media, the use of drones in EMS investigations, investigative vital signs, and the history of the investigative unit. The remainder of the sections pertain to databasing.

About the Author

Experience has taught Steven Gilbert that there is much more to ambulance related complaints and investigations than just individual cases. He says that all the data from each individual case must be entered into a secure Investigative Unit managed database. Applicable database reports, most of which fall into one or more of forty-six various categories are required so that all issues can be continually monitored and acted upon. For over 30 years Steven Gilbert conducted and/or managed thousands of emergency ambulance investigations for the NYC Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and then for the NYC Fire Department after EMS and the fire department merged together. He became director of the investigative unit in the mid 1980’s and he remained in that capacity until 2011 when he retired. In 2011 he wrote his first book on this subject, “Conducting Emergency Ambulance Investigations” which contains a wealth of relevant information for any ambulance investigator, EMS investigative unit director, or anyone interested in EMS investigations for any reason.