Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine

Original Article
SJEMed. 2021; 2(2): 147-152

Public awareness of emergency medical services phone number

Authors: Abdullah A. Alabdali, Abdulrahman A. Alfraidi, Abdullah A. Almuhanna, Abdulwahab S. Alhamdan, Anas O. Alharbi, Ahmad A. Alshaqha, Omar S.Aldibasi.

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Abstract

Background: Activating the emergency medical services (EMS) system in case of medical emergencies must be quick and precise. This study was designed to measure public awareness of Riyadh's EMS phone number. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study. It identifies major public hubs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as the target locations. It was conducted from September 1st 2019 to December 31st 2019. A semi-structured survey was developed and distributed in person using convenience sampling to measure public awareness of EMS phone number. Ethical approval was obtained to include both adult and youth populations. Results: A total of 4,806 participants agreed to complete the survey, 2,690 (56%) were male and 2,116 (44%) were female. The majority of participants ,(3,986, 82.9%) were adults above the age of 18, while 820 (17.1%) were minors under the age of 18. In terms of education, 3,320 (69%) participants had completed college-level or higher. Saudi citizens totaled 4,460 (92.8%). Participants who claimed that they knew the EMS phone number was 3,519 (73.2%). However, only 1,854 (38.5%) recalled the EMS phone number correctly. Conclusion: The study results show a lack of public awareness of the local EMS phone number, as only 38.5% of the general public were able to recall the EMS phone number. Therefore, it is highly recommended that a major public campaign geared toward increasing public awareness of the EMS phone number is organized.

Keywords:   Emergency medical service communication systems, patient transfers, ambulances, emergency medical technicians.


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Public awareness of emergency medical services phone number


Authors
Abdullah A Alabdali
Assistant Professor EMS, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulrahman A Alfraidi
Department of Emergency Medical Services, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Abdullah A Almuhanna
Department of Emergency Medical Services, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulwahab S Alhamdan
Department of Emergency Medical Services, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Anas O Alharbi
Department of Emergency Medical Services, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Ahmad A Alshaqha
Department of Emergency Medical Services, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Omar S Aldibasi
Department of Emergency Medical Services, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Abdullah A. Alabdali, Assistant Professor EMS, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; abdalia@ksau-hs.edu.sa

Publication history
Received 25 Jul 2020
Revised 01 Feb 2021
Accepted 02 Mar 2021
Published online 18 Mar 2021
Published in print 30 May 2021

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Alabdali AA, Alfraidi AA, Almuhanna AA, Alhamdan AS, Alharbi AO, Alshaqha AA, S.Aldibasi O. Public awareness of emergency medical services phone number. SJEMed. 2021; 2(2): 147-152. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1595710177


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Alabdali AA, Alfraidi AA, Almuhanna AA, Alhamdan AS, Alharbi AO, Alshaqha AA, S.Aldibasi O. Public awareness of emergency medical services phone number. https://www.sjemed.com/?mno=111591 [Access: September 21, 2021]. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1595710177


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Alabdali AA, Alfraidi AA, Almuhanna AA, Alhamdan AS, Alharbi AO, Alshaqha AA, S.Aldibasi O. Public awareness of emergency medical services phone number. SJEMed. 2021; 2(2): 147-152. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1595710177


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Alabdali AA, Alfraidi AA, Almuhanna AA, Alhamdan AS, Alharbi AO, Alshaqha AA, S.Aldibasi O. Public awareness of emergency medical services phone number. SJEMed. (2021), [cited September 21, 2021]; 2(2): 147-152. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1595710177


Harvard Style

Alabdali, A. A., Alfraidi, . A. A., Almuhanna, . A. A., Alhamdan, . A. S., Alharbi, . A. O., Alshaqha, . A. A. & S.Aldibasi, . O. (2021) Public awareness of emergency medical services phone number. SJEMed, 2 (2), 147-152. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1595710177


Turabian Style

Alabdali, Abdullah A., Abdulrahman A. Alfraidi, Abdullah A. Almuhanna, Abdulwahab S. Alhamdan, Anas O. Alharbi, Ahmad A. Alshaqha, and Omar S.Aldibasi. 2021. Public awareness of emergency medical services phone number. Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2 (2), 147-152. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1595710177


Chicago Style

Alabdali, Abdullah A., Abdulrahman A. Alfraidi, Abdullah A. Almuhanna, Abdulwahab S. Alhamdan, Anas O. Alharbi, Ahmad A. Alshaqha, and Omar S.Aldibasi. "Public awareness of emergency medical services phone number." Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine 2 (2021), 147-152. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1595710177


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alabdali, Abdullah A., Abdulrahman A. Alfraidi, Abdullah A. Almuhanna, Abdulwahab S. Alhamdan, Anas O. Alharbi, Ahmad A. Alshaqha, and Omar S.Aldibasi. "Public awareness of emergency medical services phone number." Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine 2.2 (2021), 147-152. Print. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1595710177


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Alabdali, A. A., Alfraidi, . A. A., Almuhanna, . A. A., Alhamdan, . A. S., Alharbi, . A. O., Alshaqha, . A. A. & S.Aldibasi, . O. (2021) Public awareness of emergency medical services phone number. Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2 (2), 147-152. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1595710177


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