Six Ways Your Support Makes a Difference

Using cutting-edge equipment with compassion

 

GPS
Every MDA ambulance is equipped with GPS technology that allows dispatchers to send the ambulance that’s closest to a given emergency and shows drivers the fastest route to the scene around traffic or other obstructions.

Motobridge

The GPS screen (left) and Motobridge screen (right) help dispatchers assign calls and communicate with ambulance teams.

The Motobridge system allows for seamless communication between MDA paramedics, dispatchers, and civilians calling 101, even if they’re using different technology platforms. It also lets MDA, police, and the fire department communicate on one channel during mass-casualty incidents.

Training eBook
MDA offers an eBook version of its training manual for easier distribution and increased accessibility.

Corpuls-3 Defibrillator

A paramedic demonstrating the Corpuls-3 Defibrillator.

This state-of-the-art defibrillator administers electric shocks to revive patients though EKG pads, eliminating the need for paddles. It can also be used to simply take EKG readings. Once the data is collected, it can be sent via Bluetooth to MDA’s National Medical Dispatch Center, where the physician and paramedic on-call review the patient’s status. If they see any red flags, they can recommend treatment to the ambulance team while they’re en route the hospital.

MAK System
This is a fully computerized platform for managing blood bank operations, ensuring the entire process, from donation to transfusion, is efficient and secure.

Nucleic Acid Testing
MDA ensures the quality of the blood supply by subjecting each donation to nucleic acid testing, greatly reducing the incidence of transfusion-transmitted viruses.

Rapid Deployment Base-X Shelters
These shelters are temporary yet sturdy structures that can be erected quickly and house all the equipment and personnel needed to respond to a mass-casualty incident. If an MDA station is damaged or destroyed or there’s no station near the scene, Base-X shelters allow MDA paramedics to continue their lifesaving work.

High standards for Israel’s lifesavers

MDA paramedics at a joint drill with police, firefighters, and the army

MDA volunteers, EMTs, and paramedics undergo initial training courses and then take refresher courses each year to keep up with the latest techniques in emergency medical care. MDA also records all emergency calls and communication between ambulances and dispatch centers. These systems allow supervisors to review the performance of paramedics and identify areas where further training is needed. All training follows the protocol of the American Heart Association. MDA also trains more than 50,000 Israeli citizens a year in first-aid basics and more sophisticated skills.

New Hopes with New Technology

cord-blood-rev001The MDA Cord Blood Bank (CBB) collects donated umbilical cord blood following the birth of healthy children and then removes, tests, and types the stem cells. Stem cells have the unique ability to develop into any of the body’s tissue types and have the potential to treat a variety of diseases. The cord blood bank is an important resource for Jews and others in the Middle East since these populations may not be as well-represented in other cord blood banks. In addition to supplying stem cells for patient treatment, the cord blood bank provides stem cells to medical researchers investigating their therapeutic potential.

Supply, safety, and saving lives

Processing donated blood at the National Blood Services Center

Magen David Adom (MDA) is responsible for maintaining Israel’s blood supply, including collecting, testing, storing, and distributing donated blood. The MDA National Blood Services Center supplies 100 percent of the Israel Defense Forces’ blood needs and 95 percent of Israeli hospitals’ blood needs. In addition to serving the country’s daily blood needs, MDA maintains stockpiles of blood in case of mass-casualty incidents.

Strategic Locations. Speedy Response.

William H. Bloomberg Jerusalem MDA Emergency Medical Station

MDA has 123 Emergency Medical Stations and 11 dispatch stations strategically located throughout Israel, enabling paramedics to respond quickly to emergencies all over the country. The stations contain communications equipment, medical supplies, and administrative offices. They also serve as bases for ambulances and paramedics. Many stations have been built or upgraded with the support of American donors.

MDA’s lifesaving fleet includes:

Life Support Ambulances, the workhorses of the MDA fleet, that are staffed by two EMTs and carry equipment for treating everything from broken bones to heart attacks.

Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) ambulances staffed by EMTs and paramedics and equipped with advanced life-support technology for severe emergencies.

Helicopters that airlift patients when time is critical or when an accident occurs in a remote area, like a desert hiking trail.

Motorbikes that can weave around heavy traffic or through chaotic accident scenes, shaving valuable minutes off response time.

Multi-casualty rescue vehicles outfitted to transport high numbers of victims to the hospital.

4×4 command cars for paramedic supervisors, equipped with ambulance-tracking GPS, a high-tech communications system, and a camera and lights that telescope from the roof to provide live video feedback to MDA’s dispatch center.

Bloodmobiles that are regularly stationed in public spots around the country to recruit blood donors. Photo: EMV-bloodmobile

All-terrain Mule vehicles that can handle all of Israel’s diverse topography.

Emergency Medical Vehicles

MDA's lifesaving fleet includes:

Life Support Ambulances, the workhorses of the MDA fleet, that are staffed by two EMTs and carry equipment for treating everything from broken bones to heart attacks.

* You can help save lives in Israel by funding this vehicle. Please contact your local director to discuss this unique giving opportunity.

Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) ambulances staffed by EMTs and paramedics and equipped with advanced life-support technology for severe emergencies.

* You can help save lives in Israel by funding this vehicle. Please contact your local director to discuss this unique giving opportunity.

Helicopters that airlift patients when time is critical or when an accident occurs in a remote area, like a desert hiking trail.

Motorbikes that can weave around heavy traffic or through chaotic accident scenes, shaving valuable minutes off response times.

Multi-Casualty Rescue Vehicles (MCRV) outfitted to transport high numbers of victims to the hospital.

4x4 Command Cars for paramedic supervisors, equipped with ambulance-tracking GPS, a high-tech communications system, and a camera and lights that telescope from the roof to provide live video feedback to MDA's dispatch center.

Bloodmobiles that are regularly stationed in public spots around the country to recruit blood donors.

All-Terrain Mule Vehicles that can handle all of Israel's diverse topography.

The majority of MDA's 800 ambulances were funded by AFMDA donors.

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MDA has 123 Emergency Medical Stations and 11 dispatch stations strategically located throughout Israel, enabling paramedics to respond quickly to emergencies all over the country.

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Magen David Adom (MDA) is responsible for maintaining Israel's blood supply, including collecting, testing, storing, and distributing donated blood.

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The MDA Cord Blood Bank (CBB) collects donated umbilical cord blood following the birth of healthy children and then removes, tests, and types the stem cells.

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MDA volunteers, EMTs, and paramedics undergo initial training courses and then take refresher courses each year to keep up with the latest techniques in emergency medical care.

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Every MDA ambulance is equipped with GPS technology that allows dispatchers to send the ambulance that's closest to a given emergency and shows drivers the fastest route to the scene around traffic or other obstructions.

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