EMERGENCY AND AMBULANCE SERVICES IN ARGENTINA

AT-A-GLANCE

DIAL 911 TO CALL AN AMBULANCE IN ARGENTINA

  • Dial 107 in Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Tierral del Fuego and Jujuy, to contact the government ambulance service (“SAME”) directly
  • Outside of those areas 911 is your best bet, but you may also want to save the numbers of private ambulance companies as access to public services is not guaranteed across the country (See the EMS Coverage Map included here)
  • Other emergency medical responders may include the fire department, civil defense and Argentinian Red Cross
  • For having a comparatively advanced system, Argentina has published minimal research on their prehospital services

EMS Coverage Map - Argentina
EMS Coverage Map: Argentina

Return to the Global EMS Database home page

HOW CAN I CALL AN AMBULANCE IN ARGENTINA?

HOW DO I CALL FOR HELP?

DIAL 911 TO CALL AN AMBULANCE IN ARGENTINA

You can also dial 107 to reach the government ambulance service (“SAME”) directly, if available in that province.

CAN I CALL FOR HELP ANYWHERE?

Yes. You can dial 911 for assistance from all 23 provinces in Argentina. Dialing 911 will put you in touch with the police call center who then forwards your call to the nearest ambulance provider. In Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Tierra del Fuego and Jujuy, you can also dial 107 to reach the government ambulance service (“SAME”) directly.

WHAT OTHER EMERGENCY NUMBERS CAN I CALL?

PRIVATE GROUND AMBULANCE IN ARGENTINA

BUENOS AIRES (PROVINCE)

BAHÍA BLANCA

  • Alerta Emergencias Médicas: +54 291 456-2076
  • Ambulancias Paramedicos: +54 291 481-2074

CAÑUELAS

JUNÍN

  • Intermed: +54 236 242-5185
  • Vittal: +54 236 443-0701

LA PLATA

MAR DEL PLATA

MERLO

  • Ambulancias Municipal Merlo

MORÓN

MUÑIZ

NECOCHEA

OLAVARRÍA

PERGAMINO

PINAMAR

RAMOS MEJÍA

SAN FERNANDO

SAN MIGUEL

TIGRE

TRENQUE LAUQUEN

VILLA BALESTAR

ZÁRATE

 

CHACO

RESISTENCIA

 

CÓRDOBA

25 de MAYO

ALTA GRACIAS

CÓRDOBA

CRUZ DEL EJE

FREYRE

  • Fami Servicio de Emergencias: +54 3564 46-2805

LA CALERA

LA FALDA

  • Cem – Central de Emergencias Medicas SA: +54 3548 42-4222

MARCOS JUÁREZ

MONTE MAÍZ

MORTEROS

  • S.E.M Servicio de Emergencias: +54 3562 40-5555

QUEVEDO

SAN FRANCISCO

  • Ucemed: +54 3564 42-4000

VILLA ALLENDE

VILLA CARLOS PAZ

VILLA MARIA

 

CIUDAD DE BUENOS AIRES (DISTRITO FEDERAL)

ALMAGRO

BELGRANO

BERAZATEGUI

BOEDO

CABALLITO

COGHLAN

COLEGIALES

  • Ambulancias Alvear: +54 11 4772-4113
  • Vittal: +54 34 4000-8888

CONSTITUCIÓN

LANÚS OESTE

  • EMERSUR Emergencias Médicas: +54 11 4225-2800
  • Urgensar traslados en ambulancia: +54 11 4262-3346

MATADERO

QUILMES

RECOLETA

VILLA CRESPO

VILLA DEL PARQUE

VILLA URQUIZA

CHUBUT

COMODORO RIVADAVIA

PUERTO MADRYN

CORRIENTES

CORRIENTES

  • Medic Sa Emergencias Medicas: +54 379 443-0400

CATAMARCA

CATAMARCA

ENTRE RÍOS

CHAJARI

PARANÁ

  • Acuda: +54 343 421-9999

FORMOSA

FORMOSA

JUJUY

SAN SALVADOR DE JUJUY

LA PAMPA

SANTA ROSA

LA RIOJA

LA RIOJA

MENDOZA

MENDOZA

NEUQUÉN

NEUQUÉN

RÍO NEGRO

CIPOLLETTI

SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE

SALTA

SALTA

SANTA CRUZ

RÍO GALLEGOS

SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO

SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO

SANTA FE

PÉREZ

  • Medi Movil: +54 341 495-1522

RECONQUISTA

ROSARIO

SAN LORENZO

  • AMCE: +54 3476 42-2422

SANTA FE

SUNCHALES

VENADO TUERTO

SAN JUAN

SAN JUAN

SAN LUIS

TRELEW

VILLA MERCEDES

TIERRA DEL FUEGO

RÍO GRANDE

USHUAIA

TUCUMÁN

SAN MIGUEL DE TUCUMÁN

AIR AMBULANCE IN ARGENTINA

WHAT ABOUT IN DISASTERS?
  • Dial 100 for Firefighters – Argentine firefighters are trained to put out fires in homes, housing complexes, residential, commercial premises and industrial plants.
  • Dial 103 for Civil Defense – Argentine Civil Defense helps earthquake victims, tsunamis, floods, landslides, chemical spills and other disasters by providing them with medicine, clothing, shelters and medical assistance.
  • Dial 105 for Environmental emergencies – biohazard, spills, leaks, utilities etc.
  • Dial 106 for Maritime emergencies – Number to contact Argentine coast guard

[Source: https://www.argentina.gob.ar/tema/emergencias]

ARE THE RESPONDERS TRAINED?

Yes. In Buenos Aires, SAME develops training courses for doctor, drivers, radio operators and administrative staff: “The University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine, the Institute for Human Development and Health, and SAME’s own training are some of the places where we train staff. .. .SAME also has a Department of Logistics and Continuing Education in charge of providing ongoing training in different areas.”

[Sources: SAME Government website; Asociación de Médicos Municipales de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires]

Outside of Buenos Aires, training programs may be offered by the Red Cross, Civil Defense and Fire Department.

HOW WILL I GET TRANSPORTED?

Ground Ambulance in Buenos Aires

According to the government website, the following public ambulances are available in Buenos Aires

    • 3 pediatric ambulances and 1 pediatric intensive care unit
    • 3 neonatal intensive care units
    • 2 disaster units (“UNICA”)
    • 2 DEES units
    • 1 mobile emergency communications unit
    • 15 mobile logistical support units
    • 1 dialysis ambulance
    • 2 cardiac ambulances
    • 113 advanced life support (ALS) ambulances
    • 2 Helicopters
    • 2 psychiatric ambulances
    • 1 blood transport vehicle
WHERE WILL I BE TRANSPORTED TO?

According to SAME’s current director once you have been attended to by ambulance staff you will be transferred to the nearest hospital with available space.

HOW WILL I PAY?

Emergency care provided by ambulance and in hospital is provided free of charge to both Argentinian citizens and foreign travelers and tourists.

ADDITIONAL INFO

COMMON EMERGENCIES AND RECOMMENDED VACCINATIONS

Common Emergencies in Argentina

Road Traffic Injuries

  • The Director of SAME Buenos Aires reports 420 road traffic collisions per day in the capital city
  • The Argentina Fire Department reports responding to approximately 50 road traffic collisions nationwide each day through the first six months of 2017
    • (How these numbers can be so different are possibly due to under-reporting by the public in rural areas and/or back-of-the-envelope estimations by SAME’s Director)

Zika Virus is also a risk in Argentina: 
Alert - Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

Read the CDC’s Zika Travel Notice in Argentina

 

Vaccinations for Argentina

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), different groups of travelers will require different vaccinations for travel in Argentina:

  • All Travelers:
    • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine
    • Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine
    • Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
    • Polio vaccine
    • Your yearly flu shot
  • Most Travelers:
    • Hepatitis A
    • Typhoid
  • Some Travelers:
    • Hepatitis B
    • Rabies
    • Yellow Fever – “Yellow fever is a risk in certain parts of Argentina, so CDC recommends the yellow fever vaccine for travelers 9 months of age or older to these areas.”

Read more about travel in Argentina at the CDC website:  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/argentina (Last accessed: Aug. 7, 2017)

HISTORY
GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT

Emergency medical services in Argentina are overseen by the Ministry of Health

REFERENCES

SCOREBOARD

% of Seriously Injured Transported by Ambulance in Argentina, 2013

>75%

[Source: 2013 Global Status Report on Road Safety, WHO]

Road Traffic Injury Deaths
(per 100,000 population)

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • United States

[Source: 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety, WHO]

Reported Homicides
(per 100,000 population)

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • United States

[Source: 2014 Global Status Report on Violence Prevention, WHO-UNDP]

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