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Report: ‘Scoop and Run’ by Philadelphia Police Saving Lives

“Scoop and run” has saved lives in Philadelphia, police say. (Photo/Philadelphia Fire Department)

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police bring trauma victims to the hospital when no paramedics are nearby — and they say it is working when every minute counts.

“It has saved lives,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told WPVI-TV.

The practice of “scoop and run” been in practice in the city since 1987. Dr. Zoe Maher, a trauma surgeon at Temple University Hospital, says there’s still not data to prove the practice saves lives, but there is evidence based on retrospective evaluation that in some cases, it could be the difference between life and death.

But does “scoop and run” really work? Watch the report and check out past coverage on the practice below.


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