"999" motor bike ambulances get through bad traffic

16:40, January 08, 2010      

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Living in a big city like Beijing traffic jams can frequently cause headaches.

When there is congestion on the roads, have you ever worried about the possibility of ambulances not being able to get to the scene of an accident very quickly? Now you don't need to worry anymore.

The motor bike ambulances of the "999 emergency center" of Beijing Red Cross have started operating. Motor bikes could bring doctors and equipment to patients quickly, ensuring the delivery of first aid as soon as possible, even if there is bad traffic.

The 999 center now has 50 such motor bikes, 30 of them are attached to the ambulance vehicles and are dispatched only when the ambulances are stopped by traffic jams. There have advanced GPS position system, equipment for electrocardiogram (ECG) and defibrillation.

Since Dec. 31, 2008, motor bikes have been used in more than 3,000 emergencies, which means they are used 3 to 5 times a day. Facing the worsening traffic situation in Beijing, it is obvious this figure will rise significantly.

By People's Daily Online/CNR.cn
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