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Shalom Emma
With the last sudden lockdown we are sorry to have to advise you that once again we have had to postpone all proposed MDA events.
Not only has our Trivia Night been delayed yet again, but we were also hoping to start up our 2021 Code Red Connection Speaker series once again, but stay tuned as we are working towards being able to offer the community a selection of online events.  Where there is COVID there is always uncertainty so please, just bare with us.
In the meanwhile we are excited to advise you that we are well and truly ensconced in our new premises and have already welcomed many visitors with a quick tour and even a cuppa, as they pop in.
We have a big newsletter this month full of news and information as well as photos of our 2 newly donated Bloodmobile Caravans for which we dearly thank our community, so please, read on.
Please feel free to drop in and have a look around any time you're passing.
We wish you well, stay safe.
MDA Australia's 2021 Annual Appeal was able to raise funds to purchase these two fabulous new Bloodmobile Caravans.
Without our amazing community this could just not happen.
Thank you to our Partners listed here and thank you also to everyone who donated to ensure these vehicle will stay on the road and available especially to remote communities throughout Israel.
With new at-home paramedic service, Israel’s national ambulance service becomes telemedicine pioneer.
JERUSALEM – The elderly grandmother had a fever and felt weak, despite the antibiotics her family doctor had prescribed a couple of days earlier. Instead of feeling better, she was getting worse.
That’s when her worried family made an urgent call to Magen David Adom –  so she could receive prompt medical attention and be transported to the hospital for treatment.
When MDA’s emergency medical personnel arrived at the woman’s apartment, her home became a makeshift medical clinic. One EMT was able to access her medical history and the medications she was taking on the tablet he carried. Another checked the woman’s vitals and examined her for obvious signs of pain or infection.
To the surprise of the woman’s family, the first responders then video-chatted with a physician trained to work with MDA paramedics and EMTs. Under the physician’s guidance, they performed a series of tests, including an electrocardiogram.
Using telemedicine technology, the paramedics transmitted the test results to the doctor. He, along with the first responders, concluded that the woman was in good health overall but that the antibiotic she had been prescribed earlier wasn’t working.
“Instead of ordering her to the hospital, the physician prescribed a stronger antibiotic and sent the order electronically to her local pharmacy for her family to retrieve,” said Anat Gilgal, MDA’s paramedic supervisor for Israel’s central Sharon region. “Furthermore, the woman’s family doctor received all the information we collected during the house call, so he can provide follow-up care.”
Most importantly, Gilgal said, “she was able to stay in the comfort of her home, instead of the hospital’s emergency department.”
The encounter is emblematic of a cutting-edge, pilot telemedicine program Magen David Adom launched in October significantly reducing the number of patients sent to the country’s overcrowded hospital emergency rooms.
In one review of some 1,000 patients who called for an ambulance, 70% were deemed well enough to be treated by health care professionals outside a hospital setting. (As Israel’s national ambulance service, Magen David Adom handles all calls for ambulances received at the national emergency hotline).
The pilot, which is being funded in part by Israel’s Health Ministry, is serving the Yarkon and Sharon regions of central Israel. 
Starting in mid-June, Magen David Adom significantly ratcheted up the program, expanding it to Israel’s entire central region and Jerusalem.
The program, which could reduce the number of patients requiring hospitalization by as much as one-third, allows paramedics and EMTs to perform EKGs and test a patient’s blood-oxygen saturation, lung capacity and blood pressure, and to examine the patient’s ear, nose and throat. Once the information is transmitted to a doctor, the on-the-ground team and doctor jointly assess whether the patient should be transported to the hospital by ambulance.
Although MDA came up with the idea several years ago, it was the COVID-19 pandemic that finally convinced the Health Ministry that keeping non-emergency patients at home was better for both the patient and Israel’s overburdened medical system, said Dr. Refael Strugo, MDA’s medical director.
“It’s better medicine,” Strugo said. “If the world was taught anything during COVID, it’s that it is better to treat patients, and especially the elderly, in their home environment.”
Israel’s hospitals are notoriously overcrowded. While the population is growing rapidly — now at some 9.3 million citizens — the government’s investments in hospital expansion have failed to keep up.
In 2019, Israel had three hospital beds per 1,000 people compared to 4.7 beds per 1,000 in other Western countries on the OECD index. Israel also had fewer nurses: 5.1 nurses per 1,000 people compared to an OECD average of 8.8.
Health systems all over the world are searching for better ways to provide high-quality medical care while lowering the rate of emergency department visits and hospital admissions.
Before taking part in the community medicine program, MDA’s first responders learn how to perform and transmit medical tests, and how to work remotely with physicians.
Now that's a good news story!
At the start of June Magen David Adom was awarded a medal of honor by then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein in recognition of the organization’s lifesaving work combatting Covid-19.
MDA’s groundbreaking efforts battling the pandemic included everything from treating thousands of patients, administering Covid tests to 4.5 million Israelis, providing lifesaving plasma antibodies to patients with the disease, and vaccinating 700,000 of Israel’s people, including every nursing home resident in the country.
Receiving recognition for our work is an honor. But what’s even more rewarding is knowing those efforts saved countless lives in Israel. And our Friends Societies around the world played a big role in making that possible.
Your support provided the personal protective suits, ambulances, and technological innovations, like remote monitoring of Covid patients, that made our work possible. And your support now helps MDA restock supplies and equipment after last month’s rocket attacks and provides the helmets and ballistic vests that keep our EMTs and paramedics safe.
Help MDA save lives — whether they’re threatened by Covid, rockets, terrorism, heart attacks, or everyday accidents. 
Because of the rise in the Delta Variant and expectation of more coronavirus cases, Israel’s Ministry of Health came to Magen David Adom to again help keep Israelis healthy by opening rapid coronavirus testing stations around the country.  

MDA’s ability to quickly mobilize and address this request — while at the same time staffing vaccination centers around the country and responding to the daily emergency needs of the nation — is due in large part, to your support of Israel’s national medical emergency service.
Your donations enable MDA’s 30,000 EMTs and paramedics to address any crisis in a moment’s notice. 
To stay up to date with all the latest news & events and to donate, please visit:
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