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Analytical Study Of Emergency Medical Service Rescue Time

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/RISK000181

Volume

45

Pages

11

Published

2000

Size

982 kb

Author(s)

A.S. Al-Ghamdi

Abstract

Emergency medical service (EMS) in Saudi Arabia is managed by each hospital through the Saudi Red Crescent Society (SRCS). There are approximately 165 ambulance stations in the country, each with two ambulances. The SRCS collects data on EMS requests and ambulance arrival times at the accident scene. Each emergency incident has its own implications (accident, fire, injury, etc.) and must be dealt with individually. The aim of this study is to evaluate ambulance rescue time including response time in the city of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, and to compare the response time in Riyadh with corresponding times in other countries. A sample of 874 emergency calls was collected during 1999. Ambulance rescue time consists of three components: response time, time at the scene, and travel time to the hospital. Data analysis showed t

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