Services are carried to every corner of Istanbul, including land, sea and air ambulances.

The 112 emergency health services, with a total of 517 ambulances on air, on land and at sea, are on alert, with more than 5,000 employees on 24/7 duty to provide uninterrupted health services in the most populous Istanbul. The city of Turkey, and to quickly transport the sick and injured to the nearest health facility.

Istanbul, which hosts hundreds of people seeking health care from all over the country and the world, as well as the province in general, is called the “capital of health” every day.

Working with the awareness that they have an important responsibility to provide health services from the most active part of the city to the most remote corners of the city, 112 emergency medical teams perform their duties regardless of the situation.

Land, air and sea ambulances, in addition to having all kinds of technical equipment, can also provide intensive care and neonatal care services if needed.

In the metropolis, where most of the day is active, land ambulances run against time in heavy vehicles to transport cases to the nearest health facility, while sea ambulances act as a bridge between the islands called “Prince’s Islands” and the mainland.

Ambulance helicopters travel almost daily from sunrise to sunset in the province and nearby cities to evacuate patients who have difficulty reaching health facilities.

The AA correspondent hears the challenging and beautiful aspects of the profession from ambulance work systems, their areas of responsibility, statistical data throughout the year, and healthcare professionals.

The goal is to increase the number of stations to 400

Istanbul Provincial Department of Health, Head of Emergency Health Services, Assoc. Dr. Kenan Ahmed Turkdogan explained that the 112 Emergency Health Services, which serves as a guide for call answering staff to calls made to the general call center, is working in such a way that the nearest and most suitable ambulance will come out later. The address, urgency and conditions of the caller are determined.

Turkdogan says they serve under their presidency with a huge staff of 5,320, including drivers, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and doctors. “We have fully equipped equipment to provide services. Our ambulances are equipped with a lot of technical equipment. From patient monitoring, from viral results to the smallest bleeding-stopping parameters.” Says

Assoc. Dr. Turkdogan says it serves a total of 336 stations, including 210 on the European side and 126 on the Anatolian side, and plans to increase that number to 400.

Noting that the stations are located in different parts of Istanbul to reach all areas within 10 minutes, Turkdogan said, “Thus, we are trying to handle an average of more than 60,000 cases per month. Let’s travel. ” He said.

Helicopter support for alatalca, Şile and Silivri, where ambulances will arrive in the long run

Assoc. Dr. Kenan Turkdogan, emphasizing that the ambulance helicopter serves Istanbul and surrounding cities, said:

“Our air ambulances, with an average of 40 cases per month and more than 1300 minutes of flight, are ready to fly at sunrise and sunset, weather permitting dates, especially during heavy vehicles, in our emergency transport cases and Call it the ‘perimeter of Istanbul’. Areas where land ambulances can reach for long periods of time can drop a patient instantly in an acute period, especially in our city hospital where we have a helipad area. We can quickly adjust the air to cut off the hands of our citizens, chest pains, and the risk of heart attack. “We took them to the helipad. Cham and Sakura City Hospital when appropriate. They are waiting to get the case from the air coordination there, the angiogram unit is ready. “

Turkdogan said the ambulance helicopter also left when an organ transplant was needed.

Istanbul is divided into 3 regions as peripheral, rural and urban.

Turkdogan noted that the transport process of 517 ambulances within the body of the presidency varies depending on the center from which the call came.

Turkdogan said, “When we divide Istanbul into 3 stages, we have an average transport time of 8-9 minutes peripherally, rural and urban. This is of course much less than 8 minutes in urban, central areas. A little more time in our countryside. More, of course. It varies by two miles depending on the time of transportation. However, we also have an ambulance system on the larger islands. Marine ambulances arrive until an emergency response occurs. ” Used expressions.

Telling citizens to remember that they may need an emergency call system, so they shouldn’t call 112 unnecessarily, Turkdogan said, “there is a situation where even 1 minute delay can lead to permanent death, permanent disability and complaints.” He said.

Marine ambulances also handle ship cases.

112 Istanbul Anatolian Side Chief Physician Region and Islands Region Coordinator Dr. Doruk Demir said that sea ambulances respond to Baukada, Hebeliada, Kinaliada and Burgazada on a 24/7 basis, as well as all kinds of emergency health events on ships and at sea.

Demir said the land ambulance was first instructed when it was deemed necessary after calling the call center and the sea ambulance was also instructed to ship by sea.

Mentioning that if necessary the patient is taken to the mainland by sea ambulance for further examination and treatment, Demir said that the land ambulance team, which met with them after visiting Pier in Maltepe, took the patient to the nearest and appropriate hospital.

Dr. “They deliver to the patient in 6-7 minutes. They usually reach the opposite shore in 10 minutes,” said Demir, emphasizing that the ships sailed at 26 knots. Says

In the archipelago, 3,000 patients a year are transported to the mainland.

Providing information on how many cases are transported by sea ambulance, Demir said, “Although it varies with the seasons, we reach 15-16 cases per day in summer. In winter, our cases decrease to 7-8. Every month, we get 250-300. That’s 400-450 cases in winter and summer. We carry about 3,000 patients a year. ” Gave information.

Dr. Demir noted that they have experienced more cases of trauma, falling off a bicycle and drowning in the summer, and chronic illness in the winter months.

Ada Gurkan, a paramedic at Sea Ambulance, said there was a team on each island.

Gurkan said that the ambulances with the capacity to carry 2 patients have all the devices that can interfere with the patients in case of any negativity.

Ground ambulance personnel are suffering ‘no way’

Emergency medical technician Gulsen Karawlan, who was in charge of the land ambulance, said they went to the case within a maximum of 60 seconds after the call, but they had the most difficulty with traffic in Istanbul.

Explaining that the other drivers were adamant about giving way and they did not give way because they thought the ambulance was empty, Carawlan said, “If they gave way we would have touched the life of one more person that day. There is nothing that will always be full behind the ambulance. Because at that time, he got a call and proceeded to the case. We can be. He used the expression.

Land ambulance driver Hakan Usel says the best way to get an ambulance is the “zipper technique”, but drivers are not used to it. Usell said some drivers were unable to give way and an accident occurred at this time and the vehicles attached to the rear of the ambulance could crash into them if they suddenly braked.

“We are happy to take them to the hospital safely within the rules of aviation.”

Helicopter ambulance pilot Hakan Tuskan explained that they started their duty at sunrise, they first checked the plane, then when the case was reported from 112, they also assessed the weather and took off in about 7-10 minutes.

Noting that they are trying to get patients to the hospital as soon as possible, Tuscan said, “When the case is in the province, it takes 25-30 minutes to pick them up and a total of 1 hour to drop them off at the hospital, which is the right hospital for them.” The shortest way to get to the doctor. ” Says

Tuscan said that when they see cases with newborns and burns or mutilations, they are unintentionally affected and feel their pain.

Emphasizing the joy and a great sense of spirituality working in a helicopter ambulance, Pilot Tuscan said, “Because the patients we visit – young children, burns, severe cases – demand to get to the hospital as soon as possible, and their relatives see us We will do our part as soon as we get a sense of hope and joy. We want to do it right. That’s how we feel peace and happiness with our heads on the pillows. Used expressions.

Helicopter ambulance in charge. On the other hand, Bilge Isk says that they usually go to traffic accidents, heart attacks, strokes, newborns and infants.

Dr. Alexander said that although they often go to the districts to file lawsuits, they also carry cases referred to in Istanbul and other provinces.

Work the fine line between life and death

On the other hand, paramedic Emrah Jenk noted that the planes are equipped with intensive care and neonatal ambulances, and they carry all the equipment in land ambulances and they go to 3-4 cases a day.

Young defines working in a helicopter ambulance as “intervening with patients, taking them to the hospital as soon as possible, reuniting them with their families, and experiencing the bliss of a moment where seconds and minutes are running in a thin line between life and death.”

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