Developing an integrated emergency medical services in a low-income country like Nepal: a concept paper

Bhandari, D.; Yadav, N.Krishna.

International Journal of Emergency Medicine 13(1): 7

2020


ISSN/ISBN: 1865-1372
PMID: 32028893
DOI: 10.1186/s12245-020-0268-1
Document Number: 366703
The main aim of emergency medical services (EMS) should be to provide universal emergency medical care which is EMS system available to all those who need it. Most of the developed countries have an integrated EMS system that is accessible by a single dial number in the whole country. Nepal does not have a proper EMS system. We conducted a literature review regarding methods of developing an integrated EMS system in Nepal. The fragmented system, high demand-low supply, inequity with the service, and inadequately trained responders are major problems associated with EMS in Nepal. Nepal too should develop an integrated single dial number EMS system to meet the current demand of EMS. Having a paramedic in ambulances as the first responders will prevent chaos and save critical time. Funding models have to be considered while developing an EMS considering the capital as well as operational cost. Nepal can develop a public private partnership model of EMS where capital cost is provided by the government and operational cost by other methods. Community-based insurance system looks more feasible in a country like Nepal for generating operational cost.

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