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Ambulance response time and emergency medical dispatcher program: a study in Kelantan, Malaysia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19062707     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This study provided data by a simple method of acquiring information related to ambulance response time (ART) and determined whether it met the international standards of ART. Additionally, this paper also compared the duration of ART at this hospital before and after the implementation of an Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) program. The ART, which started when details like phone number of the caller, exact location of the incident and the nature of the main complaint were received and ended when the emergency team arrived at the scene of the incident. The parameters recorded include call processing time, time taken to prepare the team and time taken to travel to the scene. The results of the study revealed that the ART for the university hospital (HUSM) was at 913.2 +/- 276.5 seconds (mean +/- SD) and it was far below the international standard of ART as a benchmark of a good ambulance service. However, the study suggested that the EMD program that was recently implemented at the HUSM gave a significantly improvement to the ART score.
Authors:
C H Mohd Shaharudin Shah; I Mohd Ismail; S S J Syed Mohsin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0125-1562     ISO Abbreviation:  Southeast Asian J. Trop. Med. Public Health     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-09     Completed Date:  2009-02-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0266303     Medline TA:  Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health     Country:  Thailand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1150-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia. shaharudin@kck.usm.my
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Ambulances / organization & administration*,  standards
Cross-Sectional Studies
Humans
Malaysia
Time Factors

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