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Bart left a comment for Teresa McClelland RN, TNS
"The awesome pic bike is my ride only 2/3 days a week, the other days I am riding in a Mercedes Sprinter ( see my pics). Me and my wife travelled a lot to the US and visited a lot of EMS stations but since we have our daughter (she 6 years now) we…"
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"Hey Bart! I have had communications as well with some folks in the Netherlands about Rescue riders. Id love to visit one day. I ride a Honda 750 VTC Cruise but do like the Beemers. awesome pic by the way!"
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"Hello Teresa, Thnx for inviting me as your overseas friend. I've already heard some good things about the Rescue Riders and visted the website a few times, I think this is a great and usefull concept. Greetings from the Netherlands, Bart PS:…"
Nov 18, 2010

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What State do you live in?
Primary Agency/Department Type
Third Serv/Mun Agency
Primary Department/Agency Name
GGD Zuid Limburg (community health service for a 630,000 people region)
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Years in EMS/Public Safety
Other Past or Current Departments
anesthesiology azM
My Training:
RN, anesthesiology, sosa, phtls, pals, mimms, poet, ovdg
Day Job
ambulance nurse, rapid responder
Ambulancecare in the Netherlands (aka Holland)

In Holland we use the term ambulancecare, this is because of the fact that ambulanceservices are health care facilities.
An ambulance is staffed by two people an ambulancedriver and an ambulancenurse.
The ambulancedriver has a BLS level of education and assist the ambulance nurse, they have special driving skills and extended knowledge of trafficlaws.
The ambulancenurse is a ICU-nurse or a nurse-anesthetist and has an ALS level education, the nurses are allowed to perform medical skills without contacting a physician. These skills are all nursing skills and the following medical skills: endotracheal intubation, cricothyrotomie, needle decompression of a tension pneumothorax, cardioversion, defibrillation, intra oss.infusion, placing IV-lines and give IV-fluids and medications.
The nurses are authorized by the medical manager to perform these medical skills.
Because the Netherlands is a small country we have national operation procedures based on the ACLS, PALS and PHTLS standards, these guidelines are revised on a regular base by a special board of all medical specialties and ambulancenurses.
In Holland there are no physicians on the ambulance sas in most European countries.
However in case of a severe accident with long entrapment we can ask for a mobile medical team, those teams are staffed by a trauma physician and a nurse and they come by helicopter or special van.

People can call for an ambulance by dialing the European emergency number 112, here the call is being forwarded to police , fire or ems.
In case of an medical emergency the call is handled by a medical dispatcher these are mainly nurses, these nurses can decide if they sent an ambulance or advise the patient to call his own family doctor when it is not necessary to send an ambulance.
In case of an ambulance call they can decide if the ambulance goes on route with priority A1, A2 or B.
A1 and A2 are emergencies but only A1 calls are life-threathening so the ambulance goes on route with lights and sirens.
Priority B are mostly regular patient transportation calls, however all ambulances in Holland are ALS equiped they are also used for non-emergency patient transportation but in the near future this possibly is going to change.
The health insurance pays for the ambulance ride.

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At 7:14pm on November 19, 2010, Teresa McClelland RN, TNS said…
Hey Bart! I have had communications as well with some folks in the Netherlands about Rescue riders. Id love to visit one day. I ride a Honda 750 VTC Cruise but do like the Beemers. awesome pic by the way!
At 3:35pm on February 4, 2010, Hugo Brounen said…
Hi Bart,

Nice to meet you on Jems!
There aren't a lot dutch collegues here on the web.

Greetz from Heerlen
At 8:50pm on December 11, 2009, Michael John McGivern said…

Good afternoon from New Zealand.

I am a clinical nurse/educator & ambulance officer in this country and have a special interest in resuscitation and pre hospital emergency care. Your role sounds very interesting indeed and it is a good example of how nurses can be trained to a very high level. If you ever have a spare patch, I would be happy to send you one from over here.

Best wishes

At 10:50pm on December 6, 2009, franc said…
hello sir bart your a nurse to great i have lots of inspiration to all of you.. im a nurse but only a volunteer EMT- B hmmm... nice action i just want to be in the field doing prehospital care like you sir.. but in here our work seems not tbe given importance this is really a very nice special area for me
At 5:55am on February 21, 2009, Juergen Graw said…
Hi Bart.
I enjoyed it very much - and I am afraid, my colleagues have to tolerate endless talking about my experiences and observations during the next shifts..........
Best regards, Juergen
At 2:29am on February 20, 2009, Juergen Graw said…
Hoi Bart.

I had the pleasure to have a ride-a-long for the third time in RAV Zuid-Limburg (Heerlen) yesterday. Always interesting and impressing to experience such huge differences by just travelling some twenty kilometres. Groetjes en tot ziens, Juergen
At 3:52pm on January 11, 2009, Terri said…
Thanks for adding me as a friend. I was in Holland years ago, while we were stationed in Germany. Loved the country, and the people.
At 1:56pm on January 7, 2009, Terri said…
Welcome to Humor In EMS.
At 11:26pm on January 3, 2009, Annette Smith said…
To cool! Hello from Lafayette IN, USA! My late mother traveled to Holland a great deal, she just loved the people. I'm quite sure she would have moved there if it had been her choice! Stay safe, nice post, very informative!
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