EMS World

NOV 2018

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EMSWORLD.com | NOVEMBER 2018 17 EMSWORLD.com | NOVEMBER 2018 17 www.indeelift.com IndeeLift; Bridging the gap between ground and gurney! Designed and built in the USA These products are covered by one or more patents, including U.S. Patent No. 9,808,388 B2 The flagship EMS model (HFL-500-E) weighs-in at only 50 lbs. yet comfortably lifts and transports patients weighing in excess of 500 lbs. Indeelift protects patients and providers by eliminating manual lifting while providing greater comfort and patient dignity for both lift and transfer needs. Being dragged on a tarp is not only humiliating but dangerous for the patient and provider. Give your patients the respect they deserve and do your back a favor at the same time. "IndeeLift is the safest way to pick up a patient for the patient and the provider!" — Fire Captain/Paramedic Kurtis Dickey SAFE PATIENT HANDLING BEGINS WITH INDEELIFT IndeeLift: The safe way to lift and transport patients ogy. Since 1983 the teaching of this discipline has been integrated with the medical universities' basic graduate training. The training time for ambulance doctor certification is five years on top of the six years of basic physician training. The Hungarian ambulance system is based on the Franco-German model, in which ambulance doctors and graduated paramedics are present on scene. It has far-reaching historical roots. The NAS formed the first special experimental ambulance unit with doctors in 1954. This unit was the first in the world at that time; it used vein techniques for scene treatment, drugs, defibrillators, pacemakers, and other formerly unknown procedures. Field and Air Ambulances The development of the NAS's vehicle fleet correlates closely with that of the ambulance station network. In 1948 the Hungarian ambulance system operated 134 cars of 19 types. Now it has more than 1,000 vehicles, most of them Mercedes-Benz. The NAS fulfills its first aid obligation (rescue and emergency patient transport) 24 hours per day. The most common rescue units are paramedic (paramedic, EMT, and driver); ambulance doctor (doctor, EMT, and driver); and EMT (EMT and driver) teams. Special units are adult paramedic (paramedic, EMT, driver) and ambulance doctor (doctor, EMT, driver) passenger cars; pediatric doctor passenger cars (pediatric doctor, EMT, driver); pediatric ambu- lance doctor (pediatric doctor, EMT, driver) units; ambulance motorcycles (doctors or paramedics) and scooters (EMT); and mass-accident (EMT, driver) and mobile intensive care (paramedic/doctor, EMT, driver) units. The NAS's rescue system uses standardized medical and technical equipment along with the appropriate competencies of doctors, para- medics, and EMTs. The vehicle fleet has its own service background in all RAOs. The NAS is not only a field ambulance organization; it founded its own Air Transporting Group (ATG) in 1958. During the early years it used the rescue airplanes for secondary transport, but they were not able to provide first aid on scene. This changed in 1980 when NAS activated its rescue helicopters, the first of which was a Mil Mi-2 model. The fleet has been modernized from the early 1990s, and today only EC135s are used. The ATG was reestablished by NAS during the last decade and con- tinued as the Hungarian Air Ambulance Nonprofit Ltd. with seven bases throughout Hungary. All helicopter crews have similar composition (ambulance doctor, paramedic, pilot). These special units are alarmed and coordinated by NAS's centers. With a long history of innovation and professionalism, the National Ambulance Service is leading the way in prehospital care for the people of Hungary. REFERENCES Debrődi G. Seven Decades from the History of the Hungarian Ambulance. Budapest: National Ambulance Service, 2018. Debrődi G. History of the Hungarian Ambulance System (1769–2012). Budapest: Hungarian Oxyology Association, 2012. Felkai T. Hungarian Ambulance History. In: Cselkó L, ed., Jubilee Album for the Centenary of the Organized Ambulance's History. Budapest: National Ambulance Service, 1987, p. 7–59. Pap Z. Jubilee Album for the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Hungarian National Ambulance Service. Budapest: National Ambulance Service, 1998. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Gábor Debrődi is director of the Kresz Géza Ambulance Museum in Budapest, Hungary. For More Information Circle 19 on Reader Service Card

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