Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

200 new motorlances facilitate emergency medical services in Tehran

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200 new motorlances ( motorcycle ambulances) were unveiled on Monday in Tehran by Health Minister Seyyed Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi.

Given the heavy traffic in the metropolises, especially during the rush hours, motorlances (motorcycle ambulances) accelerate response to a medical emergency. They are fully equipped and operated by experienced paramedics.

“These will help reduce response time significantly,” Health Minister was quoted as saying by the local media.

Hashemi said his ministry has plans to add 500 more motorbike ambulances to the emergency vehicle fleet in other metropolises, including Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad, and Tabriz.

The introduction of two-wheelers for rapid response is a major improvement in the emergency medical services (EMS) system. Last year, the idea was put on trial in Tehran with 30 motorbikes, and was a success.

Heavy traffic in the overcrowded capital does now allow regular ambulances to perform efficiently since it usually takes three hours to get back from an emergency site. Sometimes ambulances get stuck in the traffic snarls, and at times other drivers refuse to give way. Given the situation, helicopters can be the best means of medical emergency transport for Tehran. Right now, Iran has 32 emergency helicopters, two in Tehran.

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Financial Tribune contributed to this report

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