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Comment & Response
November 2017

A Unique Program to Incorporate Volunteers Into a Nationwide Emergency Medical System: Maximizing Preparedness for a Mass Casualty Incident

Author Affiliations
  • 1Marketing and International Relations, Magen David Adom, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
  • 3Department of Emergency Medicine, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(11):1088-1089. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.2232

To the Editor The article by Goralnick et al titled “Preparing for the Next Terrorism Attack: Lessons From Paris, Brussels, and Boston”1 highlights 3 important lessons from these tragic events. In terms of engagement of the bystander, the second lesson they discussed, Israel’s emergency medical system Magen David Adom has been at the forefront for more than a decade of incorporating volunteers into its prehospital response.

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