When Health is Not Just Physical

Corona. Bidud. Unemployment. Life.

It’s not easy to live happily these days. There are many worries and concerns. We understand that.

Two years ago, we created a special team that helps people when they are suffering from emotional emergencies. Our mental health team is here for when the bumps in the road really hit hard.

With 5 local mental health professionals (MHP), and 10 emotional first responder units, we are able to help people that are suffering from emotional emergencies make the proper decisions. We have the ability to transport people to a medical facility that can help them with their emotional and psychological needs, and help them make the right decisions to help them overcome their immediate emotional needs. Our MHPs are also well versed in the process of admitting individuals to one of the state run facilities when the need arises.

As we do with every call, HBS doesn’t make a big scene, with lots of noise. The privacy of the patient is strictly confidential.

There is another important piece to the MHP division. Sometimes, HBS responders see things that are devastating. Sometimes, lives are lost, and there is nothing our responders can do about it.

In comes the mental health team. Each responder is contacted personally by a mental health professional to see if they need to talk things through. Collectively, the organization carries out a debrief, to let responders speak up and express what they saw, what they felt, and how we can learn for the next event.

We invest hours of discussion, training, debriefings and more to ensure our team is up-to-date on the latest techniques and methodologies in the mental health world, to ensure we can provide the best care for when our patients and responders need help the most.

When the Shabbos ambulance shuffle helped save a life

We call it the Shabbos ambulance shuffle. Moving ambulances around so the Shabbos drivers can have them positioned near their homes. It just so happens that the Shabbos shuffle saved a life a few weeks ago.

Hadassah Hospital Trauma Room

One of our volunteer in RBS Gimmel was preparing to pick up one of ambulances and take it home on Motzei Shabbos, when someone came running over, reporting a child was lying in the street.

Without hesitation, our volunteer, Yanky Schleimer, responded to the call, and called for backup.

Within literally three minutes, the child, the father and a second responder, were on the way to the hospital. After speaking with the father, it turns out that the child had been struck by an electric bike.

While on the way to the hospital, the team activated the trauma room. Within seconds of arrival, the child was in the good hands of an entire team of specialists.

Baruch Hashem, he will be ok.

This story highlights a number of important points:

  1. Having three ambulances available in the community is beneficial to the prompt medical treatment of our patients. Patients who are suffering from a serious trauma, a stroke, cardiac condition, or other urgent medical conditions need to be in a hospital, not waiting for an ambulance.
  2. Proper knowledge of patient care in trauma situations and medical emergencies, as well as knowledge of hospital admission procedures is essential to the proper care of patients.

For any emergency in RBS A, G and G2: 02.999.999.2

Ambulance driving – it’s not all fun and games

You all see the flashing lights and hear the sirens. Yeah, it’s an adrenaline rush. But it’s not all fun and games.

Every year, we hear about dozens of stories, such as this one, where emergency vehicle drivers are involved in deadly accidents. It’s sad when someone who works or volunteers as an ambulance driver is arrested due to an often avoidable accident.

Hatzala Beit Shemesh has 3 ambulances, 24x7, for the RBS community
Driving an ambulance is an enormous responsibility. We spend many hours ensuring our drivers are trained to do it safely.

Driving an emergency vehicle is a huge responsibility. From pedestrians to other vehicles, it’s the ambulance driver who is ultimately responsible.

Here at HBS, we have a training module which grades each driver before they are permitted to drive an ambulance in an emergency. Throughout the process, HBS drivers are observed by experienced drivers who grade them on their attention to the road, their driving skills, their ability to maintain situational awareness as well as other important areas.

We do this to ensure our equipment, team and most of all our patients, get to the hospital in a timely and safe manner.