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Thousands Needed Help From MDA on Yom Kippur

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Magen David Adom (MDA) reported Wednesday that over the 26-hour period of the holy day of Yom Kippur, paramedics treated 2,326 people.

Of those, 136 women in labor were brought to hospitals via MDA ambulance.

For less positive reasons, at least 249 people fainted or were otherwise dehydrated during the fast; 220 more were hurt in non-vehicular accidents involving wheels – bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, scooters, etc.

MDA paramedics also treated 20 people for injuries due to violent events.

Hana Levi Julian

Updated: Building Collapses in Tel Aviv – Multiple Injured [video]

Monday, September 5th, 2016

A parking lot structure collapsed on Nehoshet Street at the corner of Habarzel street in Tel Aviv, in the Ramat Hachayal neighborhood, on Monday morning just before 11:30 AM.

Dozens of people have been trapped and injured.

The 4-level underground parking lot was under construction at the time. There is speculation that a crane on top of the structure may have caused the collapse.

As of 1:30 PM, it is known that 3 of the floors collapsed, and rescue workers haven’t yet been able to reach the 4th level.

Moshe Levy, a volunteer EMT with United Hatzalah reported from the scene: “When I arrived I found numerous hurt individuals who were conscious and who extricated themselves from the area of the collapse under their own power. It appeared to me that the roof of a parking garage had collapsed in the building site. While members of our ambucycle unit who arrived first on scene were treating the injured, reports came in of other people who were unaccounted for and likely still trapped inside. Firefighters and rescue teams are working to extricate them. At this time the wounded we are treating are suffering from minor injuries and are all fully conscious.”

According to MDA, 18 people have been treated and sent to the hospital with injuries. Among them: 1 seriously injured worker who was sent to Ichalov hospital, 1 moderately injured person who also sent to Ichalov hospital, and 16 lightly wounded people who were sent to Ichalov, Tel HaShomer and Wolfson hospitals.

Four of the people were rescued from under the rubble. Two of them guided the rescue teams to their position. The rest were found above ground.

9 people are still missing. 7 workers are known to be trapped under the rubble.

Rescue forces have established communications with 2 people trapped under the rubble.

 

Photos below the videos.

Tel Aviv Building CollapseThe building that collapsed. Photo: Eitan Elcharaz / TPS

Tel Aviv Building CollapseThe roof of the garage that collapsed. Photo: United Hatzalah

Tel Aviv Building Collapse
Rescue teams at work. Photo by Kobi Richter / TPS

Building collapse in Tel Aviv
Rescue teams at work. Photo by Kobi Richter / TPS

Building collapse in Tel AvivThe rescue staging area. Photo: Eitan Elcharaz / TPS

Building collapse in Tel Aviv
Rescue workers inside the collapsed structure. Photo by United Hatzalah

Building collapse in Tel Aviv
IDF Rescue unit on site / IDF Spokesperson

Jewish Press News Briefs

Woman, Child Attacked in French Hill

Monday, June 13th, 2016

A Jewish woman and her child were attacked by an Arab man in French Hill during the holiday of Shavuot.

Police tracked down the attacker shortly after he fled the scene and arrested him.

The woman and her child were treated at the scene and then evacuated with minor wounds to a local hospital by paramedics from the Magen David Adom emergency medical response service.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Anxious Callers Can Now Track Israeli MDA Ambulances Via GPS

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Ever wonder how long it will take till the ambulance arrives?

Magen David Adom Israel has entered the 21st century (CE) with a new GPS service that allows anxiously waiting families and others to track the route of their ambulances up to arrival.

The new service began June 1, allowing a caller to see where the ambulance is via a link that is sent to the caller’s mobile phone from the dispatch center.

A text message containing the hyperlink is sent by the dispatch computer system to the caller’s phone, connecting the caller with a map that helps track the location of the assigned vehicle.

Hana Levi Julian

Tens of Thousands Rejoice in Lag B’Omer Celebration at Rashbi’s Tomb on Mt. Meron [video]

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

The mystical mountain of Mount Meron rang out with music and song into the wee hours of Thursday morning as Jews celebrated the holiday of Lag B’Omer at the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, and that of his son, close by.

“Lag” stands for the two Hebrew letters, Lamed and Gimel, which equal 33. The holiday falls on the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer – the seven-week period between Passover and Shavuot, the holiday marking the day on which the Nation of Israel received the Torah at Mount Sinai.

Tens of thousands of Jewish men and women from all walks of life streamed into the area around the Tomb of the RaShBI, as he is called, and his son (who is also buried there), for this is the day on which Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai left this world, and passed to the next.

Rabbi Shimon knew the Romans would soon come to capture him, as he was a great spiritual and Cabbalistic leader at the time. He therefore fled with his son to a cave where the two men were fed by a carob tree, and drank from a pure spring that miraculously appeared.

The rabbi and his son spent 12 years in that cave, until the death of Caesar. But when he emerged, he saw a farmer tilling a nearby field, and became so upset at the apparent “waste of time from Torah learning” that his gaze actually set fire to the field. The rabbi returned to the cave for another 12 months, to begin to adjust to normal day-to-day life.

It is to mark that fiery response by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai that bonfires are lit on the night of Lag B’Omer each year.

But the holiday also marks the cessation of the deadly plague that took the lives of 24,000 students of the Talmudic sage, Rabbi Akiva – which miraculously ended on this day as well. According to the Talmud, the plague was sent by Heaven as punishment for the students’ disrespectful behavior to one another; each was jealous of the other. They denigrated each other even as they competed to reach ever higher levels of spirituality.

The tradition of celebrating the holiday at RaShBI’s tombb in Meron spans thousands of generations, drawing Jews from around the world. This year, literally tens of thousands of Jews reached the site.

According to the Magen David Adom emergency medical response service, 150 people were treated on site for light burns, dehydration and excessive drinking. Of those, 17 taken to nearby Ziv Hospital in Tzfat and Poriya Medical Center for further care. Two were listed in fair to serious condition due to alcohol poisoning.

MDA and other medical services maintained a broad spectrum of staff and equipment at the site with two clinics, ambulances, first-aid motorbikes, tractor bikes and Segways.

Hana Levi Julian

Hundreds Suffer Ill Effects From Heat Wave in Israel

Monday, May 16th, 2016

The extreme heat wave, or “sharav” that began on Saturday in Israel has brought with it warnings to Israelis not to forget to keep drinking water.

Those with medical conditions, the elderly, young, and pregnant are urged to remain indoors with fans or air conditioning as much as possible.

Temperatures spiked on Sunday, reaching into the 40s celsius (100s fahrenheit) in desert and beach areas such as Eilat, where it reached as high as 45 / 113 degrees.

At least 440 people so far have been treated between Saturday and Monday mornings for heat exhaustion, dehydration, fainting and other results of the heat wave. The Magen David Adom emergency medical response service said it has been called to treat hundreds of people. More than 30 were dehydrated, and nearly 200 had fainted.

Three suffered from heat stroke. Among those were an eight-year-old girl who was hiking near Nachal Tavor in the Lower Galilee, and a 40-year-old man, found semi-conscious on Sunday on the roof of a building in Lod. Both were hospitalized in serious condition.

The extreme heat is expected to continue at least into Tuesday.

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.

JNi.Media

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