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Public awareness of the EMS system in Western Saudi Arabia: identifying the weakest link.

EMSAT: The Emergency Medical Service Assessment Team groupHamam AF, Bagis MH, AlJohani K, Tashkandi AH - Int J Emerg Med (2015)

Bottom Line: A total of 1534 subjects were interviewed by 5 data collectors. 33% of people did not know the emergency dispatcher number to call in case of a medical emergency.It is clear that the general public is aware of the deficit in EMS coverage that is present.To improve the public awareness of the EMS system, municipal, legislative, public guidance, as well as religious support, are needed to be utilized to improve the community's satisfaction and quality of care.

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ABSTRACT

Background: The City of Jeddah is the major and largest city in the Western Region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Covering a total area of 748 km2. The Saudi Red Crescent Organization (SRC) makes up the major bulk of the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) system in the Kingdom. We have set out to investigate the level of public awareness of the EMS system in place in Western KSA.

Method: This study was an observational cross-sectional study that was done by interviewing the general public in public venues. The survey consisted of a two part questionnaire. The first part was completed for all subjects. The second part was completed only for those subjects that had previous experience with the SRC service.

Result: A total of 1534 subjects were interviewed by 5 data collectors. 33% of people did not know the emergency dispatcher number to call in case of a medical emergency. The majority estimated the ETA of an ambulance response to their home to be about 30 minutes or more. 94 % said that MEDEVAC is needed. 17.7 % of people still find it unacceptable for male paramedics to respond to a female emergency unescorted by a male family member.

Conclusion: It is clear that the general public is aware of the deficit in EMS coverage that is present. To improve the public awareness of the EMS system, municipal, legislative, public guidance, as well as religious support, are needed to be utilized to improve the community's satisfaction and quality of care.

No MeSH data available.


ETA for EMS if a person calls from home
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Mentions: Subjects enrolled in this study were asked to estimate that if they were to call an ambulance from their home, wherever that may be, how long would it be before the SRC ambulance showed up at their home. As is shown in Fig. 2, 32.4 % (n = 498) of people do not expect the ambulance to show up before 30 min, while another 18.8 % (n = 289) expect to wait 1 h before any help shows up. Of those that think that the SRC ETA is 1 h, 94.5 % (n = 273) think that there is not enough EMS coverage of the city and that MEDEVAC (the air ambulance) is needed to solve the problem. Overall, only 22 % (n = 347) of the total subjects thought that the SRC coverage of the city was adequate as it stands. Of the total population surveyed, only 8.4 % (n = 129) said that MEDEVAC was not needed.Fig. 2


Public awareness of the EMS system in Western Saudi Arabia: identifying the weakest link.

EMSAT: The Emergency Medical Service Assessment Team groupHamam AF, Bagis MH, AlJohani K, Tashkandi AH - Int J Emerg Med (2015)

ETA for EMS if a person calls from home
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4561947&req=5

Fig2: ETA for EMS if a person calls from home
Mentions: Subjects enrolled in this study were asked to estimate that if they were to call an ambulance from their home, wherever that may be, how long would it be before the SRC ambulance showed up at their home. As is shown in Fig. 2, 32.4 % (n = 498) of people do not expect the ambulance to show up before 30 min, while another 18.8 % (n = 289) expect to wait 1 h before any help shows up. Of those that think that the SRC ETA is 1 h, 94.5 % (n = 273) think that there is not enough EMS coverage of the city and that MEDEVAC (the air ambulance) is needed to solve the problem. Overall, only 22 % (n = 347) of the total subjects thought that the SRC coverage of the city was adequate as it stands. Of the total population surveyed, only 8.4 % (n = 129) said that MEDEVAC was not needed.Fig. 2

Bottom Line: A total of 1534 subjects were interviewed by 5 data collectors. 33% of people did not know the emergency dispatcher number to call in case of a medical emergency.It is clear that the general public is aware of the deficit in EMS coverage that is present.To improve the public awareness of the EMS system, municipal, legislative, public guidance, as well as religious support, are needed to be utilized to improve the community's satisfaction and quality of care.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

Background: The City of Jeddah is the major and largest city in the Western Region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Covering a total area of 748 km2. The Saudi Red Crescent Organization (SRC) makes up the major bulk of the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) system in the Kingdom. We have set out to investigate the level of public awareness of the EMS system in place in Western KSA.

Method: This study was an observational cross-sectional study that was done by interviewing the general public in public venues. The survey consisted of a two part questionnaire. The first part was completed for all subjects. The second part was completed only for those subjects that had previous experience with the SRC service.

Result: A total of 1534 subjects were interviewed by 5 data collectors. 33% of people did not know the emergency dispatcher number to call in case of a medical emergency. The majority estimated the ETA of an ambulance response to their home to be about 30 minutes or more. 94 % said that MEDEVAC is needed. 17.7 % of people still find it unacceptable for male paramedics to respond to a female emergency unescorted by a male family member.

Conclusion: It is clear that the general public is aware of the deficit in EMS coverage that is present. To improve the public awareness of the EMS system, municipal, legislative, public guidance, as well as religious support, are needed to be utilized to improve the community's satisfaction and quality of care.

No MeSH data available.