Improving Emergency Medical Services in the Dominican Republic

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BACKGROUND

Since 2014 we’ve been working with partners in public safety and health agencies from rural and urban communities to improve emergency medical services in the Dominican Republic, including volunteer ambulance services, fire departments, Peace Corps volunteers and the Dominican Red Cross. In that time our Beacon pilot program has grown from a few transfers for complicated childbirths each week, to a 24-7 emergency response network with groups of responders in multiple communities across Puerto Plata and Monte Cristi provinces, providing both prehospital emergency care and inter-facility transfers to a population of nearly 325,000 Dominicans who’d previously had limited access to reliable emergency care and transport.

RIDE-ALONG

Interested in learning how EMS works in the DR?
Sign up today for our Paramedic/EMT Exchange program and ride-along with our partners in Puerto Plata

ABOUT DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Dominican Republic Capital – Santo Domingo Official languages –  Spanish Population – 9,445,281

To learn more about emergency medical services on the island, visit the Dominican Republic page along with many other countries in our EMS DATABASE.

TEAM

Interview with Reynaldo about response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria

INCIDENTS CHART
2016 DATA

Metric Manzanillo Monte Cristi Guayubín Totals
Emergency Incidents (through Dec. 31, 2016) 242 91 44 377
Launch Date April 2015 June 2016 July 2016
Population Coverage 15,000 35,000 20,000 70,000
Core Responders 25 27 22 74
Patient Transport Vehicles 3 2 2 7
Patients Transported 242 40 52 334
Avg. Assign Time 0:02:02 0:04:55 0:05:34 0:02:48
Avg. Arrival Time 0:05:20 0:06:03 0:07:50 0:05:06
Avg. Total Scene Time 0:09:56 0:06:23 0:09:14 0:09:02
Avg. Transport Time 0:27:14 0:13:55 0:02:41 0:26:53
Avg. Total Incident Time 0:42:56 0:21:39 0:15:51 0:39:02

PRESS
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“Bringing 911 Service to the Developing World With Smartphones and Motorcycles” (May 17, 2016)

Trek Medics on BBC World Hacks

“World Hacks: Getting Help in Emergencies in Super-Quick Time” (May 9, 2017)

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“¡Trágica! Matan joven de una puñalada durante riña en Altamira, rescatan del mar cadáver de extranjero que se ahogó en Cabarete” (Feb 20, 2017)

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“Accidentes por mal estado de carreteras en Puerto Plata dejan dos muertos y cinco heridos en las últimas horas” (Feb 19, 2017)

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SUPPORTERS

With generous support from:

Emergency Medical Services Development in the Dominican Republic
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Google.org Awards Trek Medics Global Impact Award
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Emergency Medical Services Development in the Dominican Republic
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And a very special thanks to:

The Bill and Ann Bresnan Foundation The Henry E. Niles Foundation The Widgeo Point Charitable Foundation

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