An analysis of the appropriate use of the Caledon ambulance service in the Overberg : a short report
CITATION: Frank, S.A & De Villiers, P.J.T. 1995.An analysis of the appropriate use of the Caledon ambulance service in the Overberg. A short report. S Afr Med J, 85(11):1185-1186.
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The objective of this study was to determine the possible extent of the inappropriate use of the ambulances of the Caledon station of the Overberg Regional Services Council. The trip sheets of the ambulances for the period 1987-1990 were retrospectively analysed, and the appropriateness of calls prospectively determined over a 7-month period. The results showed that the vast majority of calls (68%) were of a non-emergency nature, and that only 34% of the trips warranted the use of a fully equipped emergency vehicle. Various cost-containment measures are suggested.