time. In cities where there are a large number
of volunteer responders, the average response
time is now 90 seconds.
Nowforce was created and implemented in
2007, and is considered the “Uber of EMS.”
Other similar applications include PulsePoint,
which locates the precise location of every
nearby defibrillator, and Reporty, which shortens emergency response times by using the
community to report emergencies, no matter
SMALL COUNTRY, BIG IMPACT
With a geographic size and population comparable to the state of New Jersey, Israel is one
of the smallest countries on earth, and certainly
in the Western world—and it’s Israel’s size,
which has allowed it to become an innovator in
the field of EMS. In an emergency, regardless
of where one is in the country, there’s a high
probability that the person you’ll be helping
is one of your family members, a neighbor, a
friend—or even yourself.
Innovation is viewed as one of Israel’s major
exports, and the field of medical innovation is
often at the top of that list. The government
promotes innovation on a direct level in edu-
cational settings (e.g., schools, pre-collegiate
academies and social institutions) and through
compulsory military service. These two melting
pots of Israeli society create a heightened sense
of community, and have resulted in a hotbed of
medical innovation. JEMS
Dov Maisel, EMT-P, TCCC, PCMI, is senior vice president of international operations for United Hatzalah. He’s also a member of
the JEMS Editorial Board. Contact him at Dov@israelrescue.org.
Learn more from Dov Maisel at theEMS
Today Conference Feb. 21–23, in Charlotte,
United Hatzalah’s psychotrauma unit is comprised of volunteers, many of whom are psychologists and
Simon Taxel, NRP, BA, is a crew chief and public safety diver for the Pittsburgh Bureau of
EMS, a rescue specialist on the Pennsylvania USAR Strike Team and a contributing author for
CE Solutions. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Mohamed Hagahmed, MD, PHP, is a senior emergency medicine resident physician at the
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He’s also a prehospital physician and works directly
with the city of Pittsburgh paramedics providing field and online medical direction. He can
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