Department of Emergency Medicine
Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine
Dr, Jonathan Rieck MB:BS
E-mail : Jonathanr@bmc.gov.il
Over 100,000 patients a year arrive at the Barzilai MC Department of Emergency Medicine and is operative 365 days a year. It is designed to treat all varieties of emergency cases ranging from all ages, beginning with light or severe trauma up to resuscitation, acute MI, severe lung diseases, poisoning, and various animal injuries. The department has a very well equipped trauma/resuscitation room with state of the art monitoring systems, an ultrasonograph for detection of intra-abdominal bleeding, and a fluid warmer device for treating severe trauma. The emergency department (ED) staff goes through frequent and continuous training in order to be prepared for mass casualty events of different causes : conventional, chemical/toxicological, or biological. The staff has acquired much experience in treating terror and anxiety victims, chemical injury victims, and suspected victims of the avian flu.
A well-maintained helipad is located close to the emergency department and is ready for use at any hour of the day.
The Department for Emergency Medicine at the Barzilai Medical Center was the first to develop the nurse triage in its current form, while issuing articles on the matter which were highly recognized among the hospitals in Israel. In addition, the ED was the first in Israel to begin coding the diseases and injuries in the ED according to international coding system and the Ministry of Health's inspection reports have complemented the department for those actions.
The ED admission office is also operative 365 days a year and the administrative staff is well trained in emergency registration during mass events.
The medical staff of the ED has won the 1997 excellence staff award at the national contest on behalf of Israel's Civil Service Commission.
The ED's vision is to move to the new underground facility. The planned underground facility will be spacious and adapted to the new perception and work method that will be applied by specialists and residents in the field of emergency medicine. This change will lead to a substantial improvement in the emergency medicine services of the department. The new facility will accommodate adjacent radiology, ultrasound and CT units, and various supporting systems. The department for emergency medicine will be fully gas and bombing protected thus enabling orderly and continuous work during peace and war. We all hope that the appropriate funds will be allocated in order to found the new department facility. The plans are laid out and all that is missing are appropriate funds.