Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Services in Developing Countries: A Case Study about EMS Response Time in Yazd, Iran

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M A Bahrami 1 , * , A Maleki 2 , M Ranjbar Ezzatabadi 3 , R Askari 2 , GH Ahmadi Tehrani 3

1 Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, [email protected], Iran

2 Department of Healthcare Management, Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Iran

3 Department of Healthcare Management, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medi-cal Sciences, Iran

How to Cite: Bahrami M, Maleki A, Ezzatabadi M, Askari R, Tehrani G. Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Services in Developing Countries: A Case Study about EMS Response Time in Yazd, Iran, Iran Red Crescent Med J. Online ahead of Print ; 13(10):735-738.

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Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 13 (10); 735-738
Article Type: Brief Report
Received: May 22, 2011
Accepted: August 10, 2011

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Abstract

Background: Pre-hospital emergency medical services, a subsystem of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), provides early care to critically ill and injured patients in the field. Time is an important factor in pre-hospital care and the length of time it takes to reach care, has a significant impact on patient outcome. This study aims to calculate the response time in EMS stations of Yazd, Iran.

 

Methods: During 2008-2009, 11961 run report forms from all 7 EMS stations in Yazd that had been submitted to central station were surveyed. By using Excell statistical software and descriptive statistics (percent, cumulative distribution and standard deviation), we calculated fractile response times for Yazd EMS.

 

Results: 81.15 percent of response times were within 8 minutes as a referenced standard for EMS.

 

Conclusion: The majority of call services in Yazd EMS have been responded in a suitable time interval comparing with reference standards and country's approved EMS response time goal, but there are still rooms for improvement.

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Pre-hospital Emergency medical services Response time Iran

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