The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands has incorporated a medicalised ambulance into the care resources network of La Gomera, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
This advanced life support ambulance will be based in the old health centre of San Sebastian de La Gomera and will provide medical care en route to patients in emergency situations.
These improvements are part of the Canary Islands Health Emergency Plan (PLUSCAN) for outpatient care, and all the islands now have medical ambulances. The new ambulance will provide advanced 24-hour life support for citizens of La Gomera.
Staffing of the new ambulance will include a doctor, a nurse and two health emergency technicians, one of them being the driver.
The vehicle has specific equipment for serious trauma care and electro-medicine equipment, monitor-defibrillator to attend to patients suffering cardiac arrest or cardiac pathology, perfusion pumps to supply medication and a respirator to provide assisted ventilation to patients with respiratory problems.
The medicalised ambulance also has an oxygen therapy system, as well as consumables and medication necessary to guarantee advanced care similar to that of any hospital intensive care unit. The incorporation of this ambulance provide better assistance to critically ill patients by a qualified team specialising in advanced life support.
La Gomera also has five basic life support ambulances, based in San Sebastián, Vallehermoso, Hermigua, Alajeró and Valle Gran Rey.
Last year the 112 Emergency Services responded to 3,822 incidents in La Gomera, 0.7% more than in 2015. More than 91% of these interventions were related to cases of illness, whilst accidents were around 9%.
The Emergency Services (SUC) assisted 3,811 people, which represents an increase of 1.79% over the previous year in the number of citizens who received some kind of attention from that service.
The greatest increase in activity in La Gomera was concentrated in the out-of-hospital health emergencies, with 1,084 and 23% more than the previous year.
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