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The Role of Israel's Emergency Medical Services During a Pandemic in the Pre-Exposure Period.
Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2022 Apr; 16(2):477-481.DM

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The scientific literature on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is extensive, but little is written about the role of emergency medical services (EMS). The objective of this study is to describe the role of Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel's national emergency prehospital medical organization, in the pre-exposure period, before widespread governmental action. These efforts were based on (1) phone diagnosis, dispatch, and transport; and (2) border management checkpoints.

METHODS

This is a descriptive study of MDA's role in pandemic response during the pre-exposure period. Medical emergency telephone calls from either individuals or medical sources were identified by a dispatcher as "suspected COVID-19" based on symptoms and travel exposure. Data were also collected for travelers approaching the MDA border checkpoint at Ben-Gurion International Airport.

RESULTS

The total number of protected transports during this time was 121. Of these, 44 (36.3%) were referred by medical sources, and 77 (63.7%) were identified as "suspected COVID-19" by dispatchers. The checkpoint was accessed by 156 travelers: 87 were sent to home-quarantine; 12 were transported to the hospital; 18 were refused entry; and 39 required no further action.

CONCLUSION

EMS can work effectively in the pre-exposure period through instructing home quarantine, providing protected transport, and staffing border control checkpoints.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Magen David Adom, Tel Aviv, Israel.Magen David Adom, Tel Aviv, Israel.Magen David Adom, Tel Aviv, Israel.Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel.Magen David Adom, Tel Aviv, Israel. Tel Aviv University School of Public Health, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

33043879

Citation

Jaffe, Eli, et al. "The Role of Israel's Emergency Medical Services During a Pandemic in the Pre-Exposure Period." Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, vol. 16, no. 2, 2022, pp. 477-481.
Jaffe E, Sonkin R, Podolsky T, et al. The Role of Israel's Emergency Medical Services During a Pandemic in the Pre-Exposure Period. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2022;16(2):477-481.
Jaffe, E., Sonkin, R., Podolsky, T., Alpert, E. A., & Siman-Tov, M. (2022). The Role of Israel's Emergency Medical Services During a Pandemic in the Pre-Exposure Period. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 16(2), 477-481. https://doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2020.369
Jaffe E, et al. The Role of Israel's Emergency Medical Services During a Pandemic in the Pre-Exposure Period. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2022;16(2):477-481. PubMed PMID: 33043879.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The Role of Israel's Emergency Medical Services During a Pandemic in the Pre-Exposure Period. AU - Jaffe,Eli, AU - Sonkin,Roman, AU - Podolsky,Timna, AU - Alpert,Evan Avraham, AU - Siman-Tov,Maya, Y1 - 2020/10/12/ PY - 2020/10/13/pubmed PY - 2020/10/13/medline PY - 2020/10/12/entrez KW - COVID-19 KW - coronavirus KW - emergency medical services KW - epidemics KW - pandemics SP - 477 EP - 481 JF - Disaster medicine and public health preparedness JO - Disaster Med Public Health Prep VL - 16 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVE: The scientific literature on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is extensive, but little is written about the role of emergency medical services (EMS). The objective of this study is to describe the role of Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel's national emergency prehospital medical organization, in the pre-exposure period, before widespread governmental action. These efforts were based on (1) phone diagnosis, dispatch, and transport; and (2) border management checkpoints. METHODS: This is a descriptive study of MDA's role in pandemic response during the pre-exposure period. Medical emergency telephone calls from either individuals or medical sources were identified by a dispatcher as "suspected COVID-19" based on symptoms and travel exposure. Data were also collected for travelers approaching the MDA border checkpoint at Ben-Gurion International Airport. RESULTS: The total number of protected transports during this time was 121. Of these, 44 (36.3%) were referred by medical sources, and 77 (63.7%) were identified as "suspected COVID-19" by dispatchers. The checkpoint was accessed by 156 travelers: 87 were sent to home-quarantine; 12 were transported to the hospital; 18 were refused entry; and 39 required no further action. CONCLUSION: EMS can work effectively in the pre-exposure period through instructing home quarantine, providing protected transport, and staffing border control checkpoints. SN - 1938-744X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/33043879/The_Role_of_Israel's_Emergency_Medical_Services_During_a_Pandemic_in_the_Pre_Exposure_Period_ L2 - https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S1935789320003699/type/journal_article DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -