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Prehospital Emergency Medical Services in Lebanon: Overview and Prospects

  • Mazen J. El Sayed (a1) and Jamil D. Bayram (a2)

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Prehospital emergency medical services in Lebanon are based on volunteer systems with multiple agencies. In this article, a brief history of the development of prehospital care in Lebanon is presented with a description of existing services. Also explored are the different aspects of prehospital care in Lebanon, including funding, public access and dispatch, equipment and supplies, provider training and certification, medical direction, and associated hospital-based emergency care.

El Sayed MJ, Bayram JD. Prehospital Emergency Medical Services in Lebanon: Overview and Prospects. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2013;28(2):1-3.

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Correspondence: Mazen J. El Sayed, MD, MPH Department of Emergency Medicine American University of Beirut Medical Center P.O. Box 11-0236 Riad El Solh Beirut 1107 2020, Lebanon E-mail melsayed@aub.edu.lb

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Prehospital Emergency Medical Services in Lebanon: Overview and Prospects

  • Mazen J. El Sayed (a1) and Jamil D. Bayram (a2)

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