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January 18, 2017 / 20 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘MDA’

MDA Treats ‘Hundreds’ Around Israel Over Secular New Year’s Eve

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

The Magen David Adom emergency medical response organization says it treated hundreds of people around the country on Saturday night, the secular New Year’s Eve.

That figure included 189 who were treated specifically at New Year’s Eve celebrations and events.

Also included were 35 people who were injured in motor vehicle accidents, and one 23-year-old who died in a car accident on Route 98 when his car flipped over.

As for the traditional toast to the new year, the statistics include 83 teenagers and adults who required treatment for alcohol poisoning, 40 people who were hurt in violent altercations, and a 33-year-old man who fell from a first-floor balcony in Ashdod.

However, on the “plus” side, there were volunteers from an organization in Kfar Giladi handing out testing kits for people to check their drinks to make sure they hadn’t been tainted with the ‘date rape’ drug.

Hana Levi Julian

United Hatzolah Steps In to Help in Judea, Samaria and Northern Border Region

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Following publication of a letter by Magen David Adom announcing it will reduce services to Judea, Samaria and the northern border starting December 30 (Friday), United Hatzolah announced Thursday night that it would step in to pick up the slack.

“United Hatzalah urges citizens to use its emergency hotline, 1221, which directly contacts the United Hatzalah national dispatch center,” the organization said in a statement.

“United Hatzalah has instructed its chapters and volunteers to increase their activities and coverage in [Judea, Samaria and the northern border region].

“We understand from the statement released by MDA that budget cuts by the Amana settlement housing agency are affecting its emergency response service, and as a result, MDA is reducing its services to Judea, Samaria and the northern border region,” said United Hatzolah CEO Moshe Teitelbaum.

“We realize this measure may exacerbate injuries, or cost lives. As a volunteer organization engaged in saving lives, we cannot stand idly by,” he continued.

“We will therefore increase our services to these areas. We have placed our volunteers on heightened alert, and this evening will move extra equipment and volunteers to Judea, Samaria and to the northern border region,” Teitelbaum said.

“In the coming days we will look into the possibility of transferring more ambulances to Judea, Samaria and the northern border area, and possibly purchasing numerous additional ambulances in order to provide proper coverage to the area and fill the gap left by this turn of events,” added Eli Beer, president and founder of United Hatzolah.

“We call upon the residents of these areas to call our dispatch center in the event of any medical emergency. The telephone number for United Hatzolah is 1221.

“All of our responders are volunteers, and there is no charge for the emergency services that we provide for public health and safety,” Beer said.

Hana Levi Julian

MDA TO Cut Services in Judea, Samaria, Northern Border

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

The Magen David Adom emergency medical response service announced Thursday in a letter quoted by Arutz Sheva that it will reduce emergency medical services (EMS) and ambulance coverage to Judea, Samaria and the northern border region beginning on Friday, December 30.

The emergency medical response service said in its letter that budget cuts and unkept promises were forcing the measures in order to ensure that services could continue elsewhere.

The letter was reportedly sent Wednesday (Dec. 28) to the director of the Amana settlement housing agency, government ministers and others.

“After an entire year in which it was told to me by MDA officials that the budget for MDA operations in Judea and Samaria was arranged as requested, again we face a hopeless situation,” wrote MDA director-general Eli Bin.

“To date we can see no solution that will allow operations that took place in 2016 to continue forward, based on what you have provided.

“Due to your lack of planning and because the necessary funds have not been transferred to MDA to cover salaries, fuel, insurance and maintenance, the Association is entering a deficit that will impact the operations in the entire country,” Bin wrote.

Hana Levi Julian

MDA Calls for Public Blood Donation, Warns Shortage Looms

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The Magen David Adom emergency medical response service is calling on the Israeli public to donate blood in the face of a shortage in the country’s blood bank.

In particular, MDA spokesperson Zaki Heller says there is a shortage in blood types O+ and all of the RH-negative types, A-, B- and O-.

Heller notes the blood bank is facing difficulties supplying Israel’s hospitals with enough units of blood for transfusions. Israeli National Blood Services, a division of MDA-Israel, is responsible for the collection, processing, testing and distribution of blood units and blood products throughout the State of Israel.

The central blood bank and the fractionation plant where blood is separated into plasma and other components are located in Tel Hashomer Medical Center.

Hundreds of thousands of units of blood are collected annually, 90 percent of which are collected via MDA Mobil Units in schools, factories, community centers and army bases. The other 10 percent are collected at donor rooms in MDA first aid stations in towns and cities throughout the country.

MDA also manages the Israeli National Public Cord Blood Bank. Blood collected from the placenta after a baby is born, contains cord blood (CB) stem cells which have the potential to replace bone marrow and other tissues in the body. CB, which has properties that hold promise for the evolving field of cellular selection, expansion and gene therapy, is currently being used as an alternative source for transplantation in patients with congenital or malignant disease.

All donated blood is tested for blood type, detection of irregular antibodies to red cell antigens, and transfusion-transmitted diseases such as Hepatitis B, C, HIV 1/2, HTLV and Syphilis as well as ALT levels.

Every person who donates blood is offered the MDA Blood Insurance program, which grants further credit of blood for the donor and his/her immediate family members for 12 months following the donation.

Hana Levi Julian

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

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