Because of Population increase and the attendant raise in need for emergency health care, ambulance systems should be energised to meet more rigorous challenges of the 21rst century. This paper seeks to illuminate on reasons why the emergency drill exercise needs more prominence in modern ambulance systems. IntroductionMan by nature is a remorseful creature. This is manifest very well at times of disaster. Man has a tendency to help out even when the victim is a complete stranger. The first people that respond in times of an emergency, apart from individuals within the vicinity of the aftermath are the guys in an ambulance.
Almost every city and hospital in the world has an ambulance. Emergencies elicit had-hog responses that are normally full of confusion, fear and sometimes phobia. It is not uncommon for casualties to be lost as a result of people fearing to take part. Or even if they wanted to, and knew what they wanted to do, they feel helpless because of shock and disbelieve. There is an innate human nature that can be a powerful force that needs to be nurtured and triggered at exactly the right time in times when disaster strikes.
This is the remorseful and compassionate feeling to help a fellow human being in times of distress. The outward manifestation of this innate expression can be polished to perfection through rigorous drilling exercises. Involving oneself in this situation can actually become one’s second nature; it should be an instinctive feeling, much like an alarm bell. This is the pre-amble that lead to the development of the ambulance system. Current occurrences in the world strongly suggest that ambulance systems are going to be of more importance than ever before in history.
Population growth and ambulance systems Population growth is a function of society. It brings with it desired and undesired effects in equal measure. Congestion in urban societies has greatly compromised on safety preparedness and response. Ambulance systems have not really been accorded the respect it deserves in modern society. There seems to be an inherent feeling in our society setup that ambulances are just a 'by the way’. Most people have not really known or cared to know about what is going on in there in the ambulance service departments.
I believe there is no other time in history than now that emergency service fronted by the ambulance system should be given due recognition. What do ambulance departments do? More often than not, an ambulance refers to a vehicle that is used to transport a sick person or persons to a place of medical attention. It is normally occasioned by an occurrence of an accident, natural calamity bomb explosion or sudden illness. Ambulance situations arise because of emergencies requiring urgent attention to save a life.
In most cases, there are at least five sections in an ordinary ambulance service. These are clinical development, field operations, data and finance department, corporate service and disaster units. The operations departments of most ambulance services are the key to their success. It is like the front office in an organisation. If this department is weak, all the other arms will surfer as well. There is no point in a having a system that is lame and cannot deliver when most needed.
In times of disaster such as an accident, earthquake, fire or a bomb blast, moving victims quickly and efficiently to points of medical attention is of unparalled significance. That is why investing in rigorous training is crucial. Because disasters are impromptu, and not expected, we need to anticipate them by drilling ourselves for it.