There's a new resource for first responders. The Georgia Trauma Commission launched their new communications network statewide last month
With each ring of the phone, call agents there can have a life in their hands.
"The Communications Center serves as a resource for EMS providers in the field and local community hospitals," says Communication Manager John Cannady.
Cannady says the program launched in January for the regions surrounding Macon and Augusta. Then last month, it went statewide.
"We monitor resources at those hospitals and can match patients up with trauma system criteria those patients that are the sickest of the sick," he said.
The Communications Center is staffed 24/7, to assist first responders and hospitals.
When they call, monitors use GPS technology to find the exact location.
The computer software then shows the nearest hospitals available to treat the type of injury.
"There's no investing in equipment in order to utilize our services and it is as simple as picking up a phone and giving us a call," said Cannady.
The program is run by money raised from the superspeeder fund Cannady said. He says right now they see an average of about three calls per day.
The Georgia Trauma Commission was formed in 2007 from Senate Bill 60.
Central Georgia State Senator Cecil Staton was one of the sponsors.