Entries by Joe Heneghan

United Hatzalah: Creating a National Flashmob of EMS Lifesavers Through Education

https://chat.whatsapp.com/AmbulanceTodayWestAsia One key element in creating what is likely the fastest EMS response time in the world (a national average of less than 3 minutes) was developing what has been termed a national flashmob of EMS first responders, comprised of fully trained EMTs, paramedics, and physicians who immediately drop whatever it is they are doing […]

Coming Full Circle: Some Holiday Inspiration From A United Hatzalah Rescue Vehicle

https://chat.whatsapp.com/AmbulanceTodayWestAsia Jerusalem, October 7th, 2019 – Rina and Yacov Kauffman dedicated an ambucycle a number of years ago in honor of Rina’s brother Leon Lebor who was killed in the September 11th attack on the Twin Towers. The couple knew that the donation would go towards saving lives in Israel, but they never imagined that […]

EMTs Perform Successful CPR on Woman 39 Weeks Pregnant Saving Mom and Baby

https://chat.whatsapp.com/AmbulanceTodayWestAsia Jerusalem, Thursday, October 10th, 2019 – On Motzei Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah, United Hatzalah volunteer EMTs Aharon Avital, Tomer Tzenani, Yossi Cohen, Naftali Friedman, Adi Avivi, and Lior Filshteiner were summoned to the home of Yaron and Limor Golan in Hod Hasharon. Limor had just suffered a heart attack. To complicate matters more, Limor […]


REDROW is working with Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust to reuse defibrillators from completed construction sites across the region and re-home them within local communities as a lasting legacy. To kick start the initiative, it has paid for a brand-new defibrillator which has been installed at Sherburn High School, in Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire. Redrow Homes’ […]

EMS for Democracy: The Case of Människan Bakom Uniformen

https://chat.whatsapp.com/AmbulanceToday A hard rain was falling on the streets of Stockholm that night as a man lay unconscious in the parking lot, his face illuminated by flashing blue lights. While onlookers snapped photographs—me foremost among them, because I was observing this special simulation exercise—police led the dazed bus driver from the scene and the medics […]

The More You Know…

https://chat.whatsapp.com/AmbulanceTodayDirect Albert Einstein once incisively remarked that “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think”. There is a subtle difference here between the traditional ideas of education and training which we pick up in our school years, and the true meaning of education and learning which we find […]

Pensions Remain Top on the List of Priorities for Ambulance Staff

https://chat.whatsapp.com/AmbulanceToday_Unison With all the focus of Brexit you mightn’t have noticed but public sector pensions are back in the news. In 2015, for an overwhelming proportion of NHS pension scheme members, their retirement conditions deteriorated when the Tories forced through the introduction of the 2015 scheme despite a hard-fought campaign by UNISON to stop this. […]

From the Africa Desk of Ambulance Today: The Challenge of Critical Thinking in EMS

https://chat.whatsapp.com/Africa Desk Feedback This Africa Quarterly will be exploring the advantages of being a critical thinking emergency medicine practitioner, and how it can positively benefit, us, our colleagues and our patients; and most importantly why we don’t really have an option but to be critical thinkers. In Rosen’s Emergency Medicine, Chapman, et al, describes the […]