MANILA - All hospitals in the country must have motorcycle riders who can act as emergency responders to curb the number of dying patients stuck in Metro Manila’s gridlock, a senator said in a bill filed in the legislative chamber.
Under Senate Bill No. 1120 or the Motorcycle Medical Emergency First Responder Act, the presence of “rescue-in-tandem” units - or motorcycle riders who can conduct first aid and emergency medical services - will be part of the licensing requirement for hospitals and medical facilities.
“Motorcycle first responders can radically reduce response time and improve patient care both in urban centers and far-flung areas,” Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., the bill’s author, said in a statement.
“They can weave through heavy traffic in urban areas and can also traverse rough roads in rural areas,” he said, citing an Agence France Presse report about patients dying in ambulances due to the severe congestion in the capital region.
Under the proposed measure, emergency motorcycles must be equipped with first aid and trauma kits, oxygen administration devices, automated external defibrilators (AED) and communication hardware like radios and cellphones.
Its riders must be able to monitor vital signs, perform first aid, operate the AED, as well as administer oxygen therapy and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
The “rescue-in-tandem” units shall “stabilize the patient prior to the arrival of emergency paramedic or ambulances,” according to the proposed measure.
Revilla filed the bill on October 14, a couple of weeks after congestion in Metro Manila worsened due to the suspension of Light Rail Transit-Line 2 (LRT-2) operations.