We invite you to join everyone at MedFlight911 air ambulance in celebrating 2013 EMS Week, from May 19 through May 25. This year’s EMS Week theme is “EMS: One Mission. One Team.” The goal of EMS Week (which was first celebrated in 1974) is to publicize the vital contributions and work of emergency medical services providers – including paramedics, nurses and others – across the U.S.
EMS is a vital, though sometimes overlooked, part of the healthcare delivery system in the United States. Here are some key facts about EMS (all courtesy of the Virtual EMS Museum).
- The word “ambulance” comes from the Latin word “ambulare,” which means to walk or move around; the term is a reference to early medical care, when patients were moved by lifting or wheeling.
- The first hospital-based ambulance service was established by Commercial Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1865. Equipment carried by early ambulances included a stomach pump, morphine, and brandy.
- In 1897, Dr. Emily Dunning Barringer became the first female ambulance surgeon; she was also the first woman to be admitted to an internship program in the state of New York, serving at Gouverneur Hospital on New York City’s Lower East Side.
- The first formal air ambulance services were established in the 1920s to serve patients in the Australian Outback.
- In addition to vans, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, other vehicles used as ambulances include golf carts, boats, motorcycles, and bicycles.
What can you do to mark EMS Week? One simple yet important step is to thank the emergency medical service providers in your life. Let them know that you understand and appreciate the work that they do every day, often under very difficult conditions. You can also remind your friends and family to do the same.
Another idea is to take steps to reduce the chances that you’ll need to call EMS. Are there things you can do in your home, school, or workplace to reduce the risk of injury? For example, you might make sure that there are fire extinguishers in your house or apartment, remove trip-and-fall hazards from an elderly relative’s home, or teach your children about basic water and pool safety.
However you decide the celebrate EMS Week, know that you’re honoring the service of the thousands of men and women – including the paramedics and nurses who work on advanced air ambulance trips – who have dedicated their lives to helping care for people in need.
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