Document Type



Emergency Medicine (East Africa)


When someone telephones for an ambulance, an interaction ensues which should be efficient and effective to facilitate a speedy dispatch of the appropriate level of vehicle, equipment and personnel to where it is needed. The process in South Africa begins with a three-part opening sequence which typically identifies the organisation, introduces the call-taker (CT) and invites the caller to proceed with the business of the call. In a recent project conducted in a South African emergency service, the researchers aimed to ascertain the impact of the CT’s identification sequence on the progression of the call and to determine whether there was a means of streamlining the interaction in order to ensure efficient communication and dispatch time.

Publication (Name of Journal)

African Journal of Emergency Medicine