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Emergency ambulance statistics for 1st half 2005

Source: www.scdf.gov.sg

EMERGENCY AMBULANCE SERVICE STATISTICS (JAN - JUN 2005)

EMERGENCY AMBULANCE CALLS
For the first six months of 2005, SCDF Emergency Ambulance Service (EAS) responded to a total of 43,515 calls.
This constitutes a 4.1% increase (1,728 in absolute numbers) over the 41,787 cases responded to last year (Jan ¨C Jun 04). The breakdown of the different types of EAS calls is shown in Table 1:
The breakdown of the types of EAS cases is shown in Table 2:
NON-EMERGENCY CALLS
As reflected in Table 1, the number of non-emergency calls for the first 6 months of 2005 has decreased by 2.1% to 3,074 calls.
For the same period last year, there were 3,139 calls. Graph 1 shows the number of non-emergency calls for the first 6 months of 2005.
The SCDF appeals to members of public to call the 4-digit non-emergency hotline, ¡°1777¡± when the situation at hand is not an emergency or is not life threatening.
This will help relief the SCDF ambulances significantly, better enabling them to respond to critical medical cases where fast response, early treatment and stabilization, and early transport to hospitals can enhance the patients¡¯ chances of survival.
FALSE ALARM CALLS
False alarm cases are situations where SCDF emergency ambulances are requested to proceed to particular locations by callers. However, on arrival, the ambulance crews discover that there was no sign of any person or persons requiring medical assistance.
For the first 6 months of 2005, there were a total of 1,177 false alarm calls. This is a decrease of 324 cases or 21.6% when compared to the figure for the same period last year, which registered 1,501 cases. Graph 2 shows the number of false alarm calls for the first 6 months of 2005.
SCDF appeals to the public not to abuse the ¡°995¡± Emergency Telephone Number by making false calls. Such calls, besides draining our ambulance resources, can inevitably deprive people who are in genuine need of emergency medical assistance.
More..... (Tables & Graphs)

Source: www.scdf.gov.sg

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