12 Kazakhstan Ambulance

Kazakhstan Ambulance

Posted on February 14, 2013 by team


Job of medical workers has never been easy. Today we are going to learn more about it and spend twenty four hours with an ambulance team from Kazakhstan. So you are invited to become a doctor for one day, too.


There are 150 ambulance cars at the station today, one car for one team.


All the teams have new gadgets: onboard GPS navigators and communicators that allow to monitor all incoming calls whose amount is rather big – about three thousand a day!


There are three types of paramedic teams depending on how complex a case is. The first one is used to work with bruises, fractures, high temperature, etc. The second is for heart deseases and other more complicated cases. The third, resuscitation team, handles the most complicated cases – accidents, gunshot wounds, heart and respiratory failures, etc. Such a team is equipped with all necessary modern stuff for life support during emergency transportation to the hospital.


Ten dispatchers take calls from all over the city and distribute them among eight ambulance substations located in different parts of the city.


They define how complex this or that case is, distribute a call to every doctor of a certain ambulance team who use communicators to get it.


What we normally call “a diagnosis” is called “a reason or a motive for attendance”.  At 8:29 they get a call with a complaint about cardiac acute myocardial ischemia.


At 8:47 they are already at the patient’s place. GPS navigators help to get to any place faster.


The granny is 71, she complains of pain in her heart. Polite doctors have more chances to get necessary information from patients and to make a preliminary diagnosis.


The sugar level in granny’s blood is higher than normal so they prescribe antihypertensive drugs. Paper works takes much time, too.


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12 Responses to “Kazakhstan Ambulance”

  1. Jim Beam says:

    Lot of modern equipment but seems that dispatchers still use MS-DOS software, or something like that! (5th photo). Mouse stands at the back, so probably has no use, it’s completely text interface.

    • Corey says:

      I work for a police service in Canada, and our dispatch system is very much like an old dos program. Most services still use programs like that because they work and have less to go wrong with them.

  2. Richard S. says:

    They look very dedicated…

  3. Terry W says:

    It talks about giving “warm Magnesium” for blood pressure. How is this given? By needle or oral?

  4. David says:

    Kudos. Most countries lack that. I wonder if smaller cities get the same coverage.

  5. al says:

    I think the team spirit is international. These Kazaks have the same dedication to helping the ill, injured and scared as those in other countries and Thank You.

  6. Tom says:

    Looking at the screens and the phone I would say it’s not a dos based system.

    to me it looks like a VT-100 terminal (dumb terminal) that most likely is using UNIX as a platform with a GUI overlay.

    Windows graphics has a high bandwidth and storage requirement. with an AIX system you can run 250 users on multiple sites connected to a single server, and work it off a 56k connection.

    I work with both and for security, overhead and access, I prefer the type above.

  7. Boma says:

    magnesia sulf. for intramuscular or i/ven. injection

  8. IamBJC says:

    That was fantastic. I would like to ask why they can have ACTUAL DOCTORS, in Kazakhstan of all places, running on the squads when AMERICA, of all places CAN’T. You would think with the wealth of America that it would be exactly the opposite. What a fantastic idea. Sure, we have the helicopter services provided by hospitals which have surgeons on-board, but doctors on squads JUST MAKES SENSE! Get the doctor to the patient as quickly as possible and you save lives. One thing I did notice, though, is 18 minutes for a CHEST PAIN CALL?! That would NEVER float here. Those are the calls that need to have 3 minute responses, never almost 20. I wonder why? Maybe it’s because there are so many layers to the call being received and then dispatched? I know as a former cop and former firefighter/EMT that 20 minutes is just WAAYYY too long for that type of call. BUT, what I saw in this photostory was simply awesome. What wonderful people.

  9. Sparty says:

    I live in KZ and sorry to say, but ambulance service is not that fantastic. They are very slow, untrained and many times uneducated to do even simple tasks as CPR. The vans are old Gaz vans which are extremely slow and lack proper equipment. Most smaller cities lack what you see on pictures. There are some very well equipped ambulances, but those are dime in a dozen. It would be quicker and easier for you to drive to hospital yourself rather than wait for an ambulance.

  10. Fred says:

    what do the numbers on the toolboxes mean (7th and 8th last photos)? are they pre-packed for a specific type of emergency and they just grab them when they leave the station?

  11. Dobrod says:

    Like 6/22 ? Most likely its ambulance car or team number. Magnesia i/muscular is painfull as hell, so only i/ventr. Or with a good dose of anesthetic in siringe.

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