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EED-Project - Background

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) constitute a unique component of health care provision at the interface between primary and hospital care. EMS data within the pre-hospital setting represent an unparalleled source of epidemiological and health care information that has so far been neglected for public health monitoring. The European Emergency Data Project (EED Project) therefore intends to identify common indicators for European EMS systems and to evaluate their suitability for integration into a comprehensive public health monitoring strategy.

Patients continuously access EMS systems through a variety of different mechanisms. Throughout Europe, EMS data is recorded continuously including information on chief complaints, patient’s age and sex and the geographic location of emergency sites. Therefore, EMS data provide unique and highly valuable information for public health monitoring.