Table 1: Ambulance services and its use in 4 hospitals in Dhaka city, Bangladesh.

Indicators/items

Overall

Hospitals’ ambulances with existing facilities

 

Total ambulances

56 (100.0%)

Functional ambulances

47 (83.9%)

Functioning with problems

6 (10.7%)

Non-functional ambulances

2 (3.6%)

No. of drivers/crews

56

Supporting staff/paramedics during rescue operation

None

Existing facilities/equipment’s for emergency care in ambulances (N = 53 ambulances) Oxygen:

First aid box:

 

53 (100.0%)

2 (3.8%)

Use of hospitals’ ambulances

 

No. of recorded patients in 7 shifts in 7 days in 4 hospitals’ emergency department

734

No. of the recorded emergency patients were transported by hospital ambulances

4

% of the recorded emergency patients were transported hospital ambulancesa

0.5

Total no. of patients transported in 7 days by hospital ambulances (incoming/referred/discharged)

756

% of incoming patients transported in 7 days by hospital ambulancesb

216 (28.6%)

% of referred patients transported in 7 days by hospital ambulancesc

98 (13.0%)

% of discharged patients transported in 7 days by hospital ambulancesd

442 (58.5%)

Actual time of availability of 53 hospital ambulances for 7 days (in minutes)e

534240

% time spent to transport patients in 7 days by hospital ambulances (in minutes)f

57065 (10.7%)

% time spent for other purposes or just in-active in a garage in 7 days by hospital ambulances (in minutes)g, h, i

477175 (89.3%)

Note: a% of recorded emergency patients transported by hospital ambulances = No. of recorded emergency patients transported by hospital ambulances (4) x 100 / Total recorded patients in 4 hospitalsí emergency department in 7 days (734); b% of incoming patients transported in 7 days by hospital ambulances = No. of incoming patients transported in 7 days by hospital ambulances (214) x 100/No. of patients transported in 7 days by hospital ambulances (756); c% of referred patients transported in 7 days by hospital ambulances = No. of referred patients transported in 7 days by hospital Hi mom bold) x 100/No. of patients transported in 7 days by hospital ambulances (756); d% of discharged patients transported in 7 days by hospital ambulances = No. of discharged patients transported in 7 days by hospital ambulances (442) x 100/No. of patients transported in 7 days by hospital ambulances (756); eActual time of availability of 53 hospital ambulances for 7 days (in minutes) = Total minutes per day (60 minutes x 24 hours= 1440) x No. of days (7) x No. of hospital ambulances (53); f% time spent to transport patients in 7 days by hospital ambulances (in minutes) = Total time spent to transport patients in 7 days by hospital ambulances (57065 minutes) x 100/Actual time of availability of 53 hospital ambulances for 7 days (534240 minutes); gTotal time spent for other purposes or just in-active in a garage in 7 days by hospital ambulances = Actual time of availability of 53 hospital ambulances for 7 days (534240 minutes) - Total time spent to transport patients in 7 days by hospital ambulances (57065 minutes); h% time spent for other purposes or were just in active in a garage in 7 days by hospital ambulances (in minutes) = Total time spent for other purposes or were just in active in a garage in 7 days by hospital ambulances (477175 minutes) x 100/Actual time of availability of 53 hospital ambulances for 7 days (534240 minutes); iOther purposes were: to transport hospital staff, to bring medicine, food and other supplies.