EMS World

MAR 2018

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EMSWORLD.com | MARCH 2018 17 and Red Crescent Society, consists of nine federal Red Cross organizations, accord- ing to the nine federal states of Austria. More than 73,500 volunteers and 8,200 employees work in 139 main and 711 sub- sidiary branches all over Austria, providing mainly but not only ambulance services in a mixed system—emergency services as well as nonemergency patient transport. Other services include: • Blood donation; • First aid and emergency medical support for events; • Health and social services (basic crisis intervention teams, nursing home care, senior care, visitation services, food- delivery services); • Disaster preparedness; • A broad variety of first aid and advanced first aid training courses for the public, for special target groups such as family members of patients or kids, as well as for the Red Cross' own volunteers and employees; • Youth groups; • Tracing service; • Search and rescue service with canines; • International aid and development cooperation; • Support of international humanitarian law. Samaritans—The Austrian Samaritans, today part of Samaritan International, evolved in 1927 out of a worker sport and fitness club in Vienna, with the main pur- pose of providing first aid at sports and lei- sure accidents. Today more than 51 local branches in all nine federal Austrian states provide a similar array of services as the Red Cross, with more than 6,400 volunteers and approximately 1,900 employees. Order of Malta—The Austrian Grand Pri- ory of the Order of Malta founded the Mal- tese Hospital Service Austria in 1956 as a response to the Hungarian crisis, caused by a political uprising in the neighboring coun- try; it provided refugees with food, cloth- ing, and shelter. In the subsequent years the organization established ambulance services in close cooperation with the Red Cross, but its main focus remains on social services due to the religious (Catholic) background of the Order. Its approximately 1,850 volunteers in six of our nine federal states provide home patient care, services for and activities with the physically and mentally disabled, sick, lonely, and elderly persons such as day trips, special events, and even pilgrimages to Rome, Lourdes, and Assisi. Order of St. John—Due to a rising number of traffic accidents, the Order of Malta's Protestant sister organization, the Order of St. John, founded an ambulance service in Germany in 1952; in 1974 the Austrian St. John's ambulance service started in Vien- na, also in close cooperation with the Red Cross. Volunteers and employed EMS work- ers in Vienna, two cities in Lower Austria, and one branch each in Carinthia and the Tyrol provide ambulance service and social services similar to the Order of Malta. G3 STAT PACKS HCL PRESENTS Smart Design Keeps EMS equipment organized, protected & ready for use in an instant. GoHCL.com • 1.800.848.1633 19787 Quicklook AED Bag - G3 For More Information Circle 19 on Reader Service Card

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