The development of Emergency Medical Services can be traced back to 1500 BC when a Good Samaritan helped cure an injured person on the road side. Romans and Greeks have used their horse driven chariots to bring some of their wounded soldiers back to camp to have their medical personnel cure them. This can be considered one of the oldest emergency medical services.
In the United States, emergency medical services were introduced during the Civil War when all wounded military personnel had to be transported to the hospital on horse carts. It was during World War I when these medical personnel used electric and gasoline powered carriages to help them in the transportation of wounded soldiers. These electric and gasoline powered vehicles carry splints and other medical equipment to help give first aid to wounded soldiers, while some surgeons were equipped with radio dispatchers to have better communication.
In the early 1950s, emergency medical services underwent a huge transition wherein towing vehicles, medical equipment companies, funeral homes, hospitals, police and fire departments became part of the emergency services. Though unregulated, funeral homes provided patient care and ambulances during this year.
1970 saw the formation of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians whose main task was to establish and create training and examination standards for personnel in the emergency medical services. It was also during 1973, when the Department of Transportation made training curriculum for Emergency Medical Transportation and its personnel. It also introduced air ambulance specifications to be used in responding to emergency situations through airplanes and helicopters.
It has been several years now since the creation of the certification body for the training and examination of emergency medical personnel to give the best possible emergency service. Emergency medical personnel are now acknowledged to be a member of the health care team which receives excellent training programs and other continuing education. Standards have been set in order for these personnel to respond effectively in every emergency. Accreditation of programs have been set and given for the team to be updated on several emergency situations.
When it comes to ambulances, the airborne equivalent of the ground based ambulance, their life saving status does not exempt them from following certain rules and regulations. Just like any vehicle, air ambulances are regulated to certain non-profit organizations that make sure that the pilot of the aircraft is a reliable person. The regulating body also makes certain that the aircraft is in safe operating conditions. Such regulations keep the safety standard high for those who wish to use these types of emergency vehicles. Even the medical staff has to undergo accreditations such as medical school and the ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support). To date, air ambulances have a great safety record and save countless lives on a daily basis. In addition, they are also used for other purposes such as organ transportation.
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