Eli Beer formed an all volunteer First Aid/EMS group when he was 17. In the process of developing the program he volunteered on an ambulance and was always upset when they would get stuck in traffic.
Eli attributed his dying patients’ demise on the extended response time and wanted to do more for them in the time between when they needed help and when help arrived.
This video goes directly to the core of the Response Time argument and it is important to make a clear distinction between first response and ambulance response times.
We can all agree that getting someone in the door quickly can help guide the rest of the system’s response. This can be a fire department engine, an EMT Police Officer or perhaps a third service handling first response. What we don’t need is to send a reclined cot van on every call, nor does it need to get there in 4 minutes most of the time to make a difference.
In this TEDMED talk, Eli talks about how he came to found United Hatzalah and send motorcycles he calls “Ambucycles” to the scene of an emergency to help until an ambulance can arrive. He touts a 3 minute response time to over 207,000 incidents last year and is using mobile technology to achieve it.
The phone app broadcasts the medical incident to the 5 closest volunteers in the same way CPR needed apps do so in the states. When he mentioned it was kind of like an EMS flash mob he had my attention. We’re locked into some old ideas and this one breaks the mold.
Why aren’t we as communities encouraging this kind of organization? Sure there are volunteer First Aid Squads all over, but this is far far simpler than that. And don’t wave the liability flag here, those folks would have to be trained to get access to the app and with the right kind of basic QA program built in you’re golden.
What do you think of the various things mentioned in this video?
- Motorcycle first response
- Phone App dispatching