- Q1 : Why do we need to learn CPR and how to use AED ?+-
Ans: When cardiac arrest takes place, every second counts. The best action is to deliver a shock via defibrillator. Otherwise, the survival rate decreases by 7% to 10 % in each following minute.
To uplift the survival rate, the Hong Kong Fire Services Department undertakes to train members of the public in using defibrillator for free.
- Q2 : How to sign up for the "Press to shock - Save a life" CPR & AED Course organized by FSD?+-
Ans: Press here to view the course details and application procedures.
- Q3 : What is “EMA Ambulance” and what kind of service is it providing?+-
Ans: EMA – Emergency Medical Assistant provides the level of paramedic ambulance care equivalent to that of British Columbia in Canada. EMA ambulances are equipped with medications for chest pain & asthmatic attack, normal saline and dextrose fluid infusion as well as Narcan injection for overdosed patients. Some EMA ambulances are also equipped with drugs for children epilepsy and hypersensitivity, as well as advanced airway adjuncts for cardiac arrest patients.
- Q4 : Would one receive earlier medical consultation when he/she is conveyed by ambulance to the Accident & Emergency Department of hospital?+-
Ans: No. All Accident & Emergency Departments in hospitals of the Hospital Authority have adopted the triage system, which classify patients according to their conditions. Despite being conveyed by ambulances, patients may be classified as semi-urgent or non-urgent by hospital staff, who may then need to wait for a longer time.
- Q5 : Is non-emergency ambulance service provided by the Fire Services Department?+-
Ans: No. Non-emergency ambulance service in Hong Kong is provided by the Hospital Authority and some voluntary organizations whereas emergency ambulance service is provided by the Fire Services Department.
- Q6 : What is the duty shift pattern of ambulancemen?+-
Ans: The duty shift pattern of most ambulancemen is: Two “Day Shift”, then one “Night Shift” followed by two “Day Off”. Day shift starts from 8:30 am and ends at 8:30 pm. Night shift starts from 8:30 pm and ends at 8:30 am the next morning.
- Q7 : Apart from ambulance aid knowledge and skills, what do ambulancemen learn?+-
Ans: Apart from ambulance aid knowledge and skills, ambulancemen also learn mountain rescue technique, ambulance driving, emotional quotient (EQ), etc. Some ambulancemen would be arranged to have specialized skill training such as Special Rescue Squad Training, Breaking-in skills training, etc.
- Q8 : On average, how many emergency patients are treated by ambulancemen every day?+-
Ans: On average, about 2,154 emergency patients were treated by ambulancemen every day. In the year 2017, a total of 786,310 ambulance calls had been handled.