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Hatzalah’s New Psycho-Trauma Unit Aiding Shock Victims

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

On Monday, April 21st, during the bus bombing attack in Jerusalem, EMS organization United Hatzalah, deployed its’ new Psycho-trauma Unit. This new unit is a part of the larger emergency first response volunteer organization. It has the specific goal of utilizing trained personnel to provide emergency first response for those suffering mental anguish, trauma and shock in the field before they are transported to hospital.

“Over a decade of work in the field has taught us that those suffering from shock are casualties in all senses of the word,” said Moshe Teitelbaum, CEO of United Hatzalah. “We saw the need to provide emergency treatment to those stricken with shock in addition to those physically injured. We established the Psychotrauma Unit in order to provide immediate treatment for those suffering shock.”

The unit boasts 30 volunteers from across the spectrum of mental health care professionals and was founded with the understanding that immediate and proper emotional stabilization can help victims who are suffering from shock recover faster and return to normal functioning.

“We need to do everything we can in order to ensure the wellbeing of everyone at the scene of an emergency,” said Miriam Ballin, Director of United Hatzalah’s Psychotrauma Unit. Ballin is also a medic and psychotherapist and is part of the on-site response team. “Emotional injuries, just like physical injuries, cannot be left untreated,” explained Ballin. After the bus bombing, Hatzala volunteers were active in providing first response treatment to five people who were suffering from severe shock following the bus explosion.

By stabilizing the victims of shock, distress and mental trauma at the emergency scene, the unit also allows the EMTs, paramedics and doctors on location to work as quickly and effectively as possible. “We work to stabilize the patient so that they can then mentally deal with the situation, get medical treatment and be safely and rapidly evacuated,” said Ballin. “We also work closely with all of the necessary agencies in the field in order to provide the best treatment for those who need it.”

Dr. Adam Ballin, a member of the Psychotrauma Unit, as well as a responder in the Advanced Life Support Unit of United Hatzalah, said, “Don’t look just at what we are doing, look at what we can do. Providing psychological first aid in the field, together with medical treatment, is something that United Hatzalah is uniquely positioned for,” explained Ballin.

“The management of acute pyscho-trauma casualties is a problem that has vexed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) worldwide,” Ballin said. “United Hatzalah has a broad and deep skill set that, coupled with our culture of adaptability and rapid response infrastructure, has allowed us to deploy this new capability quickly and effectively. We believe that this will become the new standard of care in EMS in Israel and around the world, decreasing the emotional distress of these critical incidents and promoting early recovery.”

Jewish Press Staff Reporter

Israel Uncensored: On the Front Lines Saving Lives with Hatzalah Yehuda and Shomron [audio]

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Yehudit Tayar has been a veteran spokesperson for the communities of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, for decades. She is also one of the founders of the community of Beit Horon outside of Modi’in. On top of all that, she is an emergency first-responder for Hatzalah Yehuda and Shomron on-call 24/7. Tayar joins Josh Hasten in her home community and shares her candid thoughts on saving lives during this current wave of Jihadist violence.

The Land of Israel

Nepalese Mark Anniversary of Devastating 2015 Earthquake

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Diplomats, government officials and citizens gathered Sunday in sadness at a pile of remains from the once-proud Dharahara Tower in Kathmanda to mark the first anniversary of last year’s deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

The event comes just two days after Jews in Kathmandu celebrated the miracle of survival and escape from slavery at a festive seder on the first night of Passover.

Nine thousand people died in the massive earthquake and its aftershocks; even more were injured; it took days to rescue the wounded among the hills and valleys high in the Himalayas. In Kathmandu, 132 people died in the collapse of the iconic Dharahara tower on April 25.

Israeli rescue planes were on their way by the time a second earthquake – measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale – struck the country, killing 2,000 people.

United Hatzalah, ZAKA and IsraeLife as well as other agencies were among those who joined the IDF in the rescue effort.

Approximately 400 Israelis were in Nepal at the time of the disaster; many elected to stay and help in the rescue efforts. The earthquake was the worst to hit the country in 80 years.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Medical Association: Doctors Must Treat the Worst Injury First, Including Terrorists

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

(JNi.media) An appeal of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has led to a dramatic change in the guidelines of Israel’s Medical Association, imposed by its Ethics Bureau: from now on, medical teams must provide medical care to victims at the scene of a terrorist attack, including the terrorist perpetrators, according to the severity of their injury.

To date, EMTs were instructed to treat all the victims of an attack first, before the attacker, in line with the rule of “The poor of your city come first” (the rabbinic version of “charity begins at home”); but from now on, according to the dramatic resolution, reported by Israel Hayom, the medics must triage only according to the severity of the injury.

The IMA Ethics Bureau is the only entity in Israel in charge of setting the standards of medical ethics for all doctors and medical teams. Its instructions have a profound influence on all the emergency medical professionals, including paramedics, medics, nurses and administrators. However, the change in the existing triage procedure that was decided earlier this week was not publicized, but was merely entered in the guidelines published on the IMA website, for fear of “political and public criticism of the decision during the widespread wave of terror,” Israel Hayom reported.

The dramatic decision was made after a long discussion that took place at the Ethics Bureau last week, at the request of Physicians for Human Rights, a not-for-profit NGO whose stated view is that “Israel’s prolonged occupation over Palestinian territory is the basis of human rights violations. For this reason we oppose the occupation and endeavor to put an end to it. PHR-Israel stands at the forefront of the struggle for human rights – the right to health particularly – in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.”

Between 2008-2014, the anti-Zionist New Israel Fund (NIF) authorized grants worth $1,275,815 to PHR-Israel, according to NGO Monitor. The Israel PHR has received additional donations from the Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands), Diakonia (Sweden), Medico International (Germany), Bread for the World (Germany), the European Union, HEKS-EPER (Switzerland), Germany, Norway, Switzerland, and UNHCR. Its operating budget is assessed at between $1 and $2 million annually. It buys a lot of ethics.

PHR-Israel addressed the IMA Ethics Bureau, saying that the former directive seriously contradicts the principles of internationally accepted medical ethics and international humanitarian law. Chairman of the IMA Ethics Bureau, Dr. Tammy Karni, told Israel Hayom that the reason for changing the rule is that “doctors are not judges. The meaning of keeping the directive intact was to tell the doctor to investigate who is to blame and punish them by denying care. In a multiple-injury event it’s very easy to make mistakes in identification, and the treating physician clearly can’t do a precise identification of the victims. The doctor must be focused on saving the lives of as many people as possible. It isn’t decent to add to the doctor’s triage task criteria that are unrelated to the health of the casualties.”

The principle of “The poor of your city come first” at the scene of an attack was part of the guidelines of the Ethics Bureau that were written in 2008. The earlier directives were formulated by a group of doctors, including Prof. Pinchas Halpern, director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, and a leading expert in emergency medicine in Israel. According to Halpern, removing the former directive was a mistake, and instead there needed to be a hearing on the issue which in the end would specify the guiding principles for treatment of an enemy.


Mistaken for Terrorist, Man Killed in Jerusalem

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

It was a tragic, horrible case of mistaken identity that ended in rage and tears.

Witnesses say two security officials began to board an Egged bus in the Romema section of Jerusalem late Wednesday night — but a passenger who was disembarking became suspicious, and asked them to show their IDs.

One of the soldiers responded by asking the passenger for his ID as well.

An argument then ensued, with the passenger possibly attacking the soldier, and may have tried to grab his gun.

A shot rang out.

And now a Jew is dead.

The current wave of terror has brought everyone’s tolerance for tension to the edge, with each person looking twice at the next and double-checking even himself in the mirror in the morning before breakfast.

Some children and even adults are reporting difficulties with falling and staying asleep, and mental health professionals are reporting a higher-than-average incidence of anxiety among populations in larger cities, particularly in Jerusalem.

People who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are at particularly high risk for a recurrence of symptoms during these times, and should not hesitate to seek assistance if they experience flashbacks or any other upsetting feelings at any time.

In Jerusalem, Shaare Zedek Medical Center is available to provide support to anyone who is experience extreme anxiety, regardless of medical insurance coverage or ability to pay, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Simply go to the hospital emergency room and request assistance at the desk.

Likewise, Health Ministry mental health clinics around the city are also providing supportive counseling as well for those who feel overwhelmed by the current situation.

Hana Levi Julian

Hatzalah Volunteer on Scene Recounts Saturday Night Terror Attack

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Zev Sofer, EMT and head of United Hatzalah’s ambucycle unit, a veteran in mass casualty incidents and terrorist attacks, responded with other United Hatzalah volunteers to last night’s (October 3rd) terror attack near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. After arriving on the scene Sofer and his team performed a quick survey of the area and immediately began treatment.

Zev Sofer described the scene in his own words:

“I arrived to Damascus Gate three minutes after the call and entered through the gate. Everything happened really fast. 50 meters inside I saw a man on the floor not breathing. He didn’t have a pulse and had a stab wound over his heart. We immediately began CPR. Next we found a toddler who was alive, awake and crying. He had a penetrating wound on his right leg, we bandaged the wound and he was taken to be transported by ambulance to the hospital. Then we found another man with a stab wound next to his heart who we started CPR on. Right after that we found the body of the terrorist, he had a gun next to his body and he was clearly dead. Then we saw a policewoman holding a little baby. She was about six months old, and thank God I saw she was uninjured. Then we saw a woman, she was conscious and awake but in shock and had multiple stab wounds. We treated her wounds, gave her oxygen, and started an IV for blood loss.

I came with 20 other volunteers including a doctor and paramedics from the United Hatzalah ambucycle unit. Because many volunteers know the Old City, and the ambucycles let us navigate small alleyways, we were able to get to the right place very fast. There was good teamwork and each victim had about five volunteers helping them. We know there was not a lot we could do for the two men but we tried to do everything we could. The toddler was taken to the hospital. The woman was also transported to the hospital and is in critical condition. After everything, two volunteers and our doctor took the baby to her family and spoke with them about the incident.”

Hatzalah in Old City

At the writing of the update the names of the two Israeli’s killed in the attack have been released. They are Nehemia Lavi, 41 and Aharon Benet, 22.

Jewish Press Staff

British Tourist Dies During Anti-Israel Bicycle Trek

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

A 50-year-old man on a bicycle trek, organized by the anti-Israeli organization, MAP-UK, died as his group passed by the settlement of Karnei Shomron, on Monday.

The man had passed out a short time earlier, but reportedly, other members of his bicycling group told him he was OK to continue the bike trek.

After the man collapsed a second time on Highway 55 and they called for an ambulance, emergency medical teams from nearby Karnei Shomron and the IDF came out to save him.

Despite working on him for around an hour, the emergency crews were unable to save his life.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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