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A Happy Healthy

Israel's Magen, David 44dom Strives to Improve
Its Emergency Medical Care Across the-Land

Passover

To All



Ben & Harry Kosins

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B y FLORENCE U LLMAN
(Copyright 1977, JTA Inc.)

(Editor's note: Florence
Ullman is an American-
born Israeli. She is a free
lance journalist whose arti-
cles have been published in-
ternationally in many
major Anglo-Jewish pub-
lications.)

FOK 11E \

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THE SIDDUR OF THE
CONCENTRATION CAMP

. Out of the horrible years of World War IT, of the Nat'. terror,
and the death camps, have come inspiring tales of bravery and
heroism. One of these is about a Prayer Book composed in an
extraordinary, wondrous manner. •

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Famished, Managed somehow To Keep an account of the
Je....1,11 Calendar year. Afte• et.t.leto, in secret,ihey oiispered.

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was created. On scraps cF paper which they
garnered Tcgclher in secret, at the •i•k cF
then IIVeti they tremblingly Larciel.V.it• b/i/dc,

Arid un ion) Kippur eve, in 1110 dari,
the hazan, illuminaling The precious .5;,k/up
with a Rash eight, led a hushed, p7iTiFul
Congregation in a fervent service•

Out <-1 - ehe depths /cal/ Tiee.
Answer me, O. Lord.

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years of existence, Magen
David Adorn in Israel has
developed one of the most
sophisticated systems of
transportation of wounded
in the world," states Dr.
Ron R. Rozin, MDA's
newly-elected executive
chairman. "With its very
large fleet of 700 ambu-
lances, representing a tre-
mendous investment of
energy and financial re-
sources and a network of
close to 200 first-aid sta-
tions, deployed throughout
the country, MDA has the
means of further devel-
oping into one of the best
emergency facilities in the
world."
In a country where the
threat of future hostilities
suddenly erupting is a fact
of life, priority must be
given to planning for emer-
gencies. "Historically speak-
ing; MDA has always felt
responsible for wartime
and other emergency situa-
tions, often assuming re-
sponsibility for areas not
formally dictated to . it,"
notes Rozin. He refers, for
example, to the large ernen,
gency treatment areas lo-
cated in the underground
shelters of .all recently-built
stations, facilities whose
high standard MDA set for
itself.
The erection and mainte-
nance of these emergency
facilities, a relatively re-
cent development, is only
-one aspect of the MDA pro-
gram. It has already made
a name for itself and its
unique ambulance service
which is responsible—in
peace and war—for bring-
ing sick and wounded to
medical treatment and in
times of war for helping , the
Israel Defense Forces Medi-
cal Corps ferry the --
wounded from the battle-
fields to hospitals.

Equally significant is
MDA's blood service which
in times of peace supplies
84 percent of the country's
blood needs and, in times of
war, is resporisible—accord-
ing to MDA law—for meet-
ing all of the country's

blood needs. It -is also the
sole supplier of blood and
blood by-products for the Is-
rael Defense Forces.

Rozin, chief of the Depart-
ment of Surgery at Tel
Aviv's Hadassah Hospital,
was a field hospital com-
mander during the Six-Day
War and chief surgeon at Is-
rael's largest military hospi-
tal during the Yom Kippur
War. Today, he also serves
as head of the Surgical Sec-
tion of the Supreme Com-
mittee for Hospitalization in
Emergencies and as chief
advisor in surgery to the
LD.F. Medical Corps. He
has "gathered quite a bit of
experience" in emergency
casualty treatment and was
an-ideal choice to guide and
direct MDA as it strives to
improve and upgrade the
standards of its medical fa-
cilities and services.
One of Rozin's first tasks
at MDA was the estab-
lishment of a medical de-
partment which is now in-
volved in setting standards
of medical treatment for
every s_tation. '
Rozin stresses the impor-
tance of volunteers who are
responsible for much of the
work done at the stations:
"We rely on volunteers to
help the medical _personnel
in giving first-aid care, in
drawing blood for the blood
service, in manning our tele-
phones and doing much of
the' clerical work. Volun-
teers can help sustain a sta-
tion, but high professional
level will have to be main-
tained by professional per-
sonnel."

MDA sees as one of its
basic responsibilities the
need to give first aid in-
struction to as many citi-
zens as possible as well as
to those who work as volun-
teers in its stations and ride
in its ambulances. It has
long required its drivers to
be experienced first-aiders.
"Five years ago," notes
Rozin, "MDA went to the
next step. It started to en-
courage the presence of' a
corpsman in each ambu-
lance, another trained first

aider in addition to the driv-
er."

Intensive upgrading of
the ambulance service also
includes supplying the sta-
tions with cardiac intensive
care ambulances. Equipped
with trained personnel and
sophisticated equipment,
they are able to provide im-
mediate, life-saving . car
for heart attack victim
MDA has also started
new service in the north of
the country, bringing pre-
mature babies to a neo-
natal ward in Haifa's Ram-
barn Hospital, the only such
ward in the northern part
of the country. "Since none
of the other hospitals in
that area have facilities for
premature babies," notes
Rozin, "we. intend_ to -equip
some of our stations in that
area with mobile in-
cubators, thus 'making pos-
sible immediate transfer of
the premature babies to
Rambam Hospital."

.

Another project, also in
its initial stage, }s geared to
helping these suffering
from hypertension. In an _
agreement reached with the
hypertension clinics at-
tached to Tel Aviv's munici-
pal hospitals, any person
registered at these clinics
now receives a card en-
abling him to have his
blood pressure checked at
any hour at all MDA sta-
tions. Expansion of this pro-
gram will include a nation-
wide campaign, to be run in
conjunction with the Israel
Cardiological Society, urg-
ing all citizens to have their
blood pressure checked
regularly at MDA stations.

All of these programs re-
flect the vitality of an or-
ganization "whose potential-
ity," says Rozin, "has yet
to be fully tapped." With its
wide-flung ambulance serv-
ice and its broad-based
blood - program, Magen
David Adorn in Israel is
playing an extremely impor-
tant role in a country still
,struggling for existence.





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