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Fighting for a Breath
Fighting for a Breath
Published: 2014/12/17
Channel: United Hatzalah
Incredible video featuring United Hatzalah
Incredible video featuring United Hatzalah's volunteer Muawia Kabha on local Israeli TV Channel 2.
Published: 2017/04/18
Channel: United Hatzalah
כתום בכל מקום - Orange everywhere
כתום בכל מקום - Orange everywhere
Published: 2016/11/16
Channel: United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah of Israel at Terror Attack in Jerusalem-November 5, 2014
United Hatzalah of Israel at Terror Attack in Jerusalem-November 5, 2014
Published: 2014/11/06
Channel: United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah Ambucycle
United Hatzalah Ambucycle's Save Lives
Published: 2012/11/22
Channel: United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah - Passover 2016
United Hatzalah - Passover 2016
Published: 2016/05/18
Channel: Elixir Entertainment
Israeli Ambucycles In New York City ?
Israeli Ambucycles In New York City ?
Published: 2013/11/15
Channel: JewsOnTelevision
Mother Calls United Hatzalah with a Choking Infant
Mother Calls United Hatzalah with a Choking Infant
Published: 2015/11/18
Channel: United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah's Dovi Meyer at scene of attack in Jerusalem
Published: 2017/01/08
Channel: Arutz Sheva TV
United Hatzalah units instructed to standby away from violence
United Hatzalah units instructed to standby away from violence
Published: 2017/06/06
Channel: YWN
United Hatzalah in the Field-August 4, 2014
United Hatzalah in the Field-August 4, 2014
Published: 2014/08/10
Channel: United Hatzalah
Eli Beer: The fastest ambulance? A motorcycle
Eli Beer: The fastest ambulance? A motorcycle
Published: 2013/07/30
Channel: TED
Saving Lives with United Hatzalah: Avraham Fried and Yaakov Shwekey Sing for Life
Saving Lives with United Hatzalah: Avraham Fried and Yaakov Shwekey Sing for Life
Published: 2015/09/07
Channel: United Hatzalah
UH volunteers treat Blind Arab Girl on Yom Hazikaron
UH volunteers treat Blind Arab Girl on Yom Hazikaron
Published: 2017/05/03
Channel: United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah: The youngest volunteer
United Hatzalah: The youngest volunteer
Published: 2014/03/18
Channel: United Hatzalah
Meet United Hatzalah
Meet United Hatzalah's Wonder Woman - Miriam Ballin
Published: 2016/02/14
Channel: United Hatzalah
Fried and Shwekey Unite - for United Hatzalah
Fried and Shwekey Unite - for United Hatzalah
Published: 2015/10/06
Channel: Arutz Sheva TV
United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah's Promotional Video for TED Med
Published: 2013/07/10
Channel: United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah Presentation
United Hatzalah Presentation
Published: 2013/05/08
Channel: Gruntig twentythirteen
United Hatzalah - The Faster you Respond - the More Lives you Save
United Hatzalah - The Faster you Respond - the More Lives you Save
Published: 2013/08/22
Channel: Arutz Sheva TV
United Hatzalah Volunteers Respond to Missile that hit Ashdod Gas Station
United Hatzalah Volunteers Respond to Missile that hit Ashdod Gas Station
Published: 2014/07/16
Channel: United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah CPR Demo
United Hatzalah CPR Demo
Published: 2016/02/28
Channel: Shlomo Winner
Save the Pulse of Israel w/United Hatzalah
Save the Pulse of Israel w/United Hatzalah
Published: 2015/12/10
Channel: United Hatzalah
Bike to life United Hatzalah
Bike to life United Hatzalah
Published: 2015/10/21
Channel: Daniel Shore
United Hatzalah Profiles: Meet Gavy Friedson
United Hatzalah Profiles: Meet Gavy Friedson
Published: 2016/06/22
Channel: United Hatzalah
Dr. Oz visits United Hatzalah in Jerusalem-Channel 10 News in Israel
Dr. Oz visits United Hatzalah in Jerusalem-Channel 10 News in Israel
Published: 2013/07/31
Channel: United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah Dispatcher During Terror Attack
United Hatzalah Dispatcher During Terror Attack
Published: 2014/11/05
Channel: YWN
United Hatzalah at Tel Aviv Terror Attack, 21.1.2015
United Hatzalah at Tel Aviv Terror Attack, 21.1.2015
Published: 2015/01/21
Channel: United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah of Israel, Trauma and Crisis Response Unit
United Hatzalah of Israel, Trauma and Crisis Response Unit
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: mendel horowitz
Walla TV Israel-Muhammed Asali from Abu Tur volunteers with United Hatzalah
Walla TV Israel-Muhammed Asali from Abu Tur volunteers with United Hatzalah
Published: 2012/12/17
Channel: United Hatzalah
JPost 2017: Jewish Pluralism & United Hatzalah
JPost 2017: Jewish Pluralism & United Hatzalah
Published: 2017/05/18
Channel: JBS
United Hatzalah  Meron 2017 captured live
United Hatzalah Meron 2017 captured live
Published: 2017/05/24
Channel: United Hatzalah
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman Speaks at United Hatzalah Inauguration of 180 Ambucycles
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman Speaks at United Hatzalah Inauguration of 180 Ambucycles
Published: 2017/05/28
Channel: Raphael Poch
United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah's Evening for Israel - Jay Leno
Published: 2016/04/13
Channel: United Hatzalah
Stolen United Hatzalah Ambucycle Retrieved in West Bank
Stolen United Hatzalah Ambucycle Retrieved in West Bank
Published: 2012/12/06
Channel: UnitedHatzalahIsrael
United Hatzalah Delivers Snow Baby (Channel 10)
United Hatzalah Delivers Snow Baby (Channel 10)
Published: 2013/12/17
Channel: United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah Medic Hezi Roth
United Hatzalah Medic Hezi Roth
Published: 2015/06/21
Channel: Arutz Sheva TV
United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah's Evening for Israel - Lipa Schmeltzer
Published: 2016/04/13
Channel: United Hatzalah
Head of United Hatzalah Eli Beer At Scene Of Jerusalem Terror Attack
Head of United Hatzalah Eli Beer At Scene Of Jerusalem Terror Attack
Published: 2015/10/12
Channel: YWN
United hatzalah ambucycle done by www.audiodepotnyc.com 7182597400
United hatzalah ambucycle done by www.audiodepotnyc.com 7182597400
Published: 2013/04/11
Channel: audio depot
United Hatzalah Terror Response Drill
United Hatzalah Terror Response Drill
Published: 2017/06/26
Channel: United Hatzalah
Jay Leno Jokes About English Of United Hatzalah Founder Eli Beer
Jay Leno Jokes About English Of United Hatzalah Founder Eli Beer
Published: 2016/04/11
Channel: YWN
Amar
Amar'e Stoudemire Saving Lives with United Hatzalah
Published: 2014/10/13
Channel: United Hatzalah
Dr Christopher Rodriguez Thanks United Hatzalah
Dr Christopher Rodriguez Thanks United Hatzalah
Published: 2015/03/30
Channel: United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah of Israel
United Hatzalah of Israel
Published: 2008/08/01
Channel: Yonah613
איחוד הצלה United Hatzalah
איחוד הצלה United Hatzalah
Published: 2017/06/13
Channel: אסף פרי
United Hatzalah Tribute to Eli Beer
United Hatzalah Tribute to Eli Beer
Published: 2009/01/29
Channel: United Hatzalah
Thank you for helping United Hatzalah during the Gaza war on Israel
Thank you for helping United Hatzalah during the Gaza war on Israel
Published: 2014/07/20
Channel: United Hatzalah
"Jerusalem of Snow". United Hatzalah
"Jerusalem of Snow". United Hatzalah's volunteers save lives during the December storm in Jerusalem
Published: 2013/12/25
Channel: United Hatzalah
UJA of New York and United Hatzalah partner to save lives in Israel
UJA of New York and United Hatzalah partner to save lives in Israel
Published: 2013/11/05
Channel: United Hatzalah
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United Hatzalah of Israel
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Formation 2006
Type free, volunteer-based emergency medical services
Legal status Non-governmental organization, Non-profit organization
Focus Humanitarian
Headquarters Jerusalem, Israel
Area served
Israel, Worldwide
Official language
Hebrew
President/Founder
Eli Beer
Budget
US$12 million (2016)
Volunteers
3500
Website israelrescue.org
Remarks Awarded 2011 Israeli Presidential Award for Volunteerism

United Hatzalah ("united rescue" in Hebrew: איחוד הצלה) is a free, volunteer-based emergency medical services (EMS) organization based in Jerusalem. It is one of many Hatzalah organizations in various parts of the world. Founded in 2006, it is the largest independent, non-profit and fully volunteer EMS organization in Israel, with more than 3,500 emergency medical technicians (EMT), certified first responders, paramedics and doctors dispersed throughout the country. From its LifeCompass Command Center, United Hatzalah uses advanced GPS-based dispatch technology to identify the closest and most qualified volunteers to the scene of an emergency and routes those individuals through a mobile device application. Cadres of trained civilian volunteers throughout Israel create a web of emergency first responders, each outfitted with medically equipped motorcycles (“ambucycles”) capable of reaching victims in as few as 90 seconds.[1] The organization is funded exclusively through private charitable support.

Within Israel, individuals may contact United Hatzalah through its direct emergency number, 1221; however, most dispatch information is received directly from national ambulance services. United Hatzalah in turn alerts and coordinates with local ambulance, Search and Rescue (SAR), fire, and police services, when necessary.

United Hatzalah of Israel Helicopter Rescue

Mission[edit]

United Hatzalah’s mission is to provide immediate lifesaving medical assistance during the critical window between the onset of an emergency and the arrival of traditional ambulance assistance. Services are provided free of charge without regard to race, religion, or ethnic background. As a designated national security asset by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Home Front Command, United Hatzalah’s LifeCompass Command Center operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Their ultimate goal is to reduce response time from a previous national average of 8 minutes down to 90 seconds, which is within the critical lifesaving window.

History[edit]

As a young EMT in Jerusalem, Eli Beer recognized that heavy urban traffic and narrow streets often prevented ambulances from arriving in time to save a victim. In response, he organized a volunteer unit of EMTs within his Jerusalem neighborhood. After the Second Lebanon War (Hebrew: מלחמת לבנון השנייה, Milhemet Levanon HaShniya) in 2006, Beer brought together more than 50 separate Hatzalah chapters to form United Hatzalah of Israel. Initially, volunteers responded to less than 200 calls per day by monitoring two-way emergency radio scanners. As cellular technology evolved, volunteers migrated to a managed push-to-talk network, which enabled two-way communications between dispatchers and volunteer medics.

Later, United Hatzalah standardized ambucycles—motorcycles retrofitted with a storage box mounted to the back of the vehicles—each of which contains a complete trauma kit, an oxygen canister, a blood sugar monitor, and an automated external defibrillator. These ambucycles contain all of the lifesaving equipment commonly found in an ambulance but on a vehicle nimble enough to weave through traffic, narrow alleys, or obstructed roadways.

United Hatzalah then partnered with NowForce to create a proprietary mobile dispatch application to receive calls, assess the unique capabilities, mobility and equipment of the closest volunteers, and then route the most appropriate medics to a given emergency. Today, all volunteers receive alerts on their mobile phone through the NowForce command-and-control application [2].

Results and Demographics[edit]

United Hatzalah currently responds to approximately 800 calls per day and as many as 1,200 calls during large-scale emergencies such as the 2014 Israel–Gaza Conflict. In 2014, the organization answered more than 245,000 calls, with a volunteer corps of 2,500 medics, and a fleet of 440 ambucycles. Of the 2,500+ volunteer medics, 38% are Haredi, 33.7% Modern Orthodox, 23.6% Secular, 3.1% Muslim, 1.1% Druze and .2% Christian, and .3% other.

United Hatzalah’s lifesaving model has reduced average response time to three minutes; the average response time across Israel, however, remains between 10 and 12 minutes. On sudden cardiac arrest calls—the best measure of emergency medical performance—United Hatzalah’s success in reducing response times and increasing quality of care have changed in lock step with national survival rates: In the 10 years since United Hatzalah’s inception, the rate of cardiac-arrest deaths has decreased by 50%, according to the Israel Heart Society. At 46.4 deaths per 100,000 people, the World Health Organization reports that Israel ranks 12th best out of 192 countries in terms of coronary-related mortality.[3]

SOS Mobile Application[edit]

Following the high-profile abduction and murder of three Israeli youths in June 2014, United Hatzalah responded with SOS, a one-swipe emergency alert application. Downloaded by more than 150,000 people, SOS sends a distress signal to United Hatzalah’s 24/7 dispatch center, while also transmitting the user’s GPS coordinates to law enforcement officials—a process that may otherwise require days of legal maneuvering. SOS is meant to function as an emergency safety and security alert system, complementing direct verbal communication with police, fire, or medical emergency dispatchers. The app was developed in conjunction with NowForce and may be downloaded for free at sos.nowforce.com in both English and Hebrew.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In April 2013, Eli Beer presented a TedMed talk titled, “The fastest ambulance? A motorcycle,” in which he describes the circumstances that led to him to re-imagine first-response medicine by training volunteer EMTs to respond to local emergencies and stabilize victims until official help arrives.[4] The video has been viewed more than 990,000 times to date .

During the March 2015 American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference—the largest yearly gathering of the pro-Israel movement in the United States—United Hatzalah was honored as a featured innovator. AIPAC’s Innovation Showcase was presented before 16,000 attendees and serves to highlight emerging technology developed in Israel but with worldwide impact.

In recognition of its dedication to save lives, Eli Beer, on behalf of United Hatzalah, has received numerous international accolades, including the Israeli Presidential Award for Volunteerism in 2011 and the Institute of International Education’s Victor J. Goldberg Prize in 2013. In 2015, United Hatzalah received the OMETZ Award for its operational professionalism and transparent management. Eli Beer was personally recognized the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in cooperation with the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a Social Entrepreneur in 2010. WEF subsequently named him a Young Global Leader in 2012 for his efforts to create a multicultural, apolitical medical rescue organization.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Just an ambucycle ride away". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Gov't dithers in red tape, defibrillator saves life". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Global Atlas on cardiovascular disease prevention and control" (PDF). World Health Organization. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Fastest Ambulance? A Motorcycle". TedMed. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 

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