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Rising Sophistication Establishing Ambulance Services as Integral Part of Primary Healthcare

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Ambulance services are a part of the first line of emergency response to medical and trauma cases. These primary providers of 24/7 organized and disciplined emergency transportation, intervention, assessment, and management services operate in a variety of disaster, controlled, and uncontrolled environments. The global ambulance services market acts as a link between primary care practices and dedicated healthcare services in sophisticated healthcare delivery environments.

Modern-day ambulatory services are far too advanced and way ahead of the early ambulances that only managed to transport patients to clinical environments. Besides 24/7 operations, many modern-day ambulance services have dedicated communication centers with highly trained and experienced clinicians, call takers, and telephonists. The simplest ambulances are also equipped with basic life support systems, while larger and more sophisticated ambulances also feature advanced life support systems.

Dedicated Crew of Paramedics and 24/7 Services Leading to Improved Reliability of Ambulance Services

In many regions, ambulance services have a dedicated crew of highly trained clinicians, nurses, and other healthcare workers, forming a fundamental link the delivery and continuity of healthcare services. Being such a strong link in the primary healthcare delivery chain, especially in cases of emergency, ambulance services make a vast range of contributions to outcomes of a healthcare procedure.

These include outcomes such as the minimization of clinical harm to the patient, early restoration of perfusion in vital organs in major trauma cases, early defibrillation in cases of cardiac arrests, rapid transportation of critical patients to definitive healthcare delivery sites, and so on. On the whole, early intervention of an effective ambulance service and paramedic care helps in reducing morbidity rate and length of stay of patients in healthcare environments.

Rising Population of Geriatrics and Prevalence of Chronic Diseases Propelling Market

As the number of emergency, accident, and trauma cases continues to rise across the globe, the demand for sophisticated ambulance services is also on a constant rise. The rising geriatric population and increased prevalence of a number of chronic diseases such as a variety of cancers are other important factors propelling the market.

A favorable reimbursement scenario, rising demand for remote healthcare services, and the entry of new ambulance service providers in the global market are also helping in the overall development of the global ambulance services market.

A recent market research report published by Transparency Market Research states that the global market for ambulance services will expand at a healthy 8.3% CAGR between 2013 and 2019. As a result, the market is expected to rise to a valuation of US$29.78 bn by 2019.

The global ambulance services market features ambulance service types such as ground, water, and air services depending on the mode of transport. Depending on the equipment installed in ambulances, ambulance services can be segmented into advanced life support and basic life support ambulance services. Ambulance services are also classified as emergency and non-emergency services based on the level of trauma suffered by a patient to be transported in an ambulance. Of these, ambulance services fitted with advanced life saving systems and for emergency situations account for the largest share in the overall market.

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On the basis of geography, developed geographic regions such as Europe and North America accounted for a combined 80% share in the global ambulance services market in 2012. The rising GDPs, awareness about emergency care, and improved infrastructure in developing regions of Asia Pacific will lead to the demand for an increased number of ambulance services over the next few years.