Ambulance Service Fun Day today
March 15, 2014 - 4:32:04 am
Doha: With a response record of over 130,000 ambulance calls last year, Critical Care Paramedics (CCPs) working with
Hamad Medical Corporation’s Ambulance Service is holding a fun day today at Aspire Park today to spread awareness about what to do in an emergency situation.
The event from 10am to 5pm is also part of the ongoing campaign, ‘Know the five to save a life’ which consists of five simple ways in which the public can help in an emergency: Dial 999; Know your location; Answer all questions; Follow all instructions; and Give way to ambulances. Visitors can find out more about Critical Care Paramedics and other aspects of Ambulance Service. They will be able to speak to paramedics, have a closer look at emergency response vehicles, including the new Lifeflight helicopter and take part in fun activities.
Main duties of a CCP are to provide a high level of critical care before a patient arrives at hospital. They are able to perform advanced life-saving techniques and administer potentially life-saving medications, normally available on arrival at a hospital emergency department.
They often rely on public cooperation. A major challenge faced by them is that sometimes other vehicles do not make space for ambulances to pass through traffic. This can cause a delay in getting to the scene of an emergency to help someone whose life could be at risk.