Israel has a nationwide public emergency ambulance system called Magen David Adom (MDA). Custom and law in Israel tend to encourage the passing motorist to rescue the injured in a road accident. In injury accidents requiring hospitalization, the passer by calls the MDA to the rescue in only a fraction of the cases. This study examined accessibility to MDA as a possible explanatory variable for the frequency of MDA calls. Since no public guidelines exist concerning the advisability of transporting the injured by ambulance as opposed to private vehicle, a survey was made to determine the extent of knowledge of first aid and basic life support. Results neither confirmed nor denied that accessibility to MDA is a factor in the decision to call an ambulance. Results of the survey, however, showed that the majority (over 50%) lacked a knowledge of basic life support. It was concluded that greater use of MDA should be encouraged and first aid training should be initiated in the public school system and should be required of all new drivers.

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    International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine

    Huddinge University Hospital Center, Traffic Medicine Center
    Stockholm,   Sweden  141 86
  • Authors:
    • BRODSKY, H
    • Hakkert, A S
  • Publication Date: 1984

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 19-22
  • Serial:
    • Journal of traffic medicine
    • Volume: 12
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine
    • ISSN: 0345-5564

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00393921
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 743
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM