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What was the first ambulance?

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For thousands of years, providing assistance to the sick and injured has been a human concern. This is part of us. The desire to help others is deeply ingrained in our hearts. Equally ingrained is the hope that if we get sick or injured, someone will be there to take care of us. In this modern society, for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for strangers, a reliable source of assistance is an ambulance. Modern emergency medical service is a highly developed system. From the way of receiving and sending rescue requests, the staff provide advanced medical care on the spot. Subsequently, it was quickly transported by ground or air ambulance to an appropriate hospital equipped with medical equipment to take care of the sick or injured. How did we build such a complicated system? What was the first ambulance in history?This article will give an answer.


  • The following knowledge points are listed below:

  • How the sick and injured people are cared in ancient times

  • The birth of the first modern ambulance

  • The ambulance today

1. How the sick and injured people are cared in ancient times

From the field of archeology, we understand that medical practice can be traced back to recorded history. From fractured bones to examples of primitive operations found in ancient Egypt. With the development of civilization, medical practice also develops. In ancient times, helping those in need of medical care was a proposition that required luck. There is no doubt that the willingness to do so exists. But in practical applications, technology and medical knowledge are definitely limited. One aspect is the same as in the past. Early medical intervention means better results.


Early methods of providing medical care to the patient or injured meant that the doctor either went directly to the patient’s location or brought the patient to the doctor, whether by walking, being carried, being dragged on a stretcher, or using a trolley. In any case, no substantial care was provided while waiting for the doctor to arrive or be transported to the doctor. For thousands of years, this is the progress we have made in dealing with emergencies.

2. The birth of the first modern ambulance

In many textbooks for emergency medical personnel, the honor of modern ambulances is usually awarded to Dr. Dominique Jean Larrey, a French member of Napoleon Bonaparte’s army. Surgeon.


During the Napoleonic Wars in the late 18th century, Dr. Lare worked near the battlefield, and he saw with his own eyes the need for rapid application of health care. Dr. Larry believes that the old heavy trucks stationed in the rear of the army used as field hospitals are seriously insufficient.


To solve this, Dr. pulls in hand to develop a new lightweight carriage that can move quickly on the battlefield to quickly eliminate soldiers and deliver them to field hospitals, or enable surgeons on the battlefield to provide direct care for those wounds that are too serious before receiving treatment. These carriages were later called "flying ambulances" and closely cooperated with Napoleon's "flying artillery". They were so named because they moved quickly on the battlefield.

3. The ambulance today

Today's ambulances continue to follow the k-spec and are updated regularly. In addition, significant progress has been made in the field of pre-hospital care. Today's ambulances are composed of specialized emergency medical technicians and paramedics who are highly trained to provide emergency care on the spot. In addition to the basic training they must undergo to obtain a license, additional training programs further enhance their capabilities, such as advanced cardiac life support, pre-hospital trauma life support, and pediatric advanced life support, to name a few. They are equipped with the same equipment and medicines as most emergency rooms.


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