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Korea (South): Samsung Medical Center to Overhaul Emergency Treatment System


Seoul: When the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome swept Korea earlier this year, Samsung Medical Center was at the center of the epidemic, not as a healing center for the deadly disease, but as the source of the outbreak.\r\nIn order to avoid a repeat of the recent spread of the MERS virus, Samsung Medical Center will overhaul its emergency room treatment system, which was the main source of the MERS spread, and develop a vaccine for MERS.
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Korea (South): Fire-fighters to Control Traffic in Emergency


Seoul: Fire-fighters will soon be able to control traffic in urgent situations in order for ambulances and fire engines to move quickly, police said Thursday (September 24).\r\nThe National Police Agency said they are planning to announce the details of a bill revision next month that will allow fire-fighters to order pedestrians and cars to stop or pass in an emergency. When citizens violate these instructions, they will be ordered to pay a fine of 60,000 won (US$50) and receive 15 penalty points.
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Korea (South): Ambulances to be Banned from Using Sirens in Non-Urgent Situations


Seoul: Emergency vehicle drivers who turn on their sirens and warning lights in non-urgent situations will be fined starting this year, police said Tuesday (January 5).The National Police Agency said a revision to the traffic law passed the parliament last year and will take effect in July.\r\nAccording to the revision, offenders can be fined up to 200,000 won (US$168), except for certain situations, such as for a patrol or during training.
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Korea (South): Korean Fire Stations to get Advanced Ambulances


The government will place at least one ambulance with advanced equipment at each fire station in the country to provide quicker treatment for emergency patients, officials said on Tuesday (January 12).\r\nThe Ministry of Public Safety and Security said it would provide special ambulances that are equipped with 12 emergency medical devices to 205 fire stations. In these ambulances, medical staff will be able to conduct emergency treatments, such as intubation or heart-stimulating drug injections, which are difficult to carry out in general ambulances.
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Korea (South): Emergency Ambulances Designated for Heat waves now Equipped with Ice Vests


Seoul: The Ministry of Public Safety and Security’s Central Fire Service has designated 1,317 ambulances across Korea specifically for use during heat waves, according to a report released on Sunday (June 12).\r\nThese ‘heat wave ambulances’ will have nine different first aid kits, including ice vests, saline solution, intravenous injection set, and oral electrolyte solution. In order to prepare for emergency situations where none of the special ambulances are available, 1,105 pumper trucks across the nation will also be equipped with heat wave first aid kits.
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