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On yer bike, mate, there's been an accident(3 posts)

On yer bike, mate, there's been an accidentafrican
Jul 24, 2002 5:28 AM
July 24 2002 at 11:43AM

London - A fleet of six bicycle ambulances, complete with flashing blue lights, sirens and heart-starting defibrillators, hit the streets of London on Wednesday.

The brainchild of ambulanceman and former British BMX bike racing champion, Tom Lynch, the two-wheeled ambulances will be sent to emergency calls in central London at the same time as their four-wheel counterparts, the ambulance service said.

Trials conducted in 2000 by Lynch himself revealed the bicycles are likely to arrive first in 88 percent of cases.

In a third of calls, the bicycle ambulanceman was also able to treat the patient at the scene and cancel the full ambulance response, freeing up much needed capacity for more serious cases.

"Bicycles are the ideal way to cut through slow-moving or stationary traffic so that medical treatment can be given quickly before other help arrives," Lynch said.

The bicycle ambulances will be targeted primarily at those patients whose conditions are classed as neither serious nor immediately life-threatening, the ambulance service said.

However, they will also attend nearby where patients are believed to require urgent medical assistance.

Taken from http://www.iol.co.za African news web site.
kudos to them! wonder what kind of bikes... nmweiwentg
Jul 24, 2002 5:32 AM
very cool indeedgrandemamou
Jul 24, 2002 5:59 AM
I was an EMT in another lifetime and can tell you a large number of calls were non emergent and did not require transport. I'd bet that in an urban environment it's much easier than moving around in a full blown ambulance.