Description of the prehospital emergency healthcare system in Norway
AuthorKjærvoll, Hege K.; Andersson, Lars-Jøran; Bakkelund, Karin Elvenes; Harring, Astrid Karina V.; Tjelmeland Myrhaugen, Ingvild Beathe
Methods: For healthcare, Norway is divided into four Regional Health Authorities, consisting of 19 Health Trusts, where 18 have an EMS. There is a dedicated medical emergency number, 113, that terminates in 16 emergency medical communication centres. The use of air and boat ambulances, in addition to traditional ambulances, seeks to meet the challenges in the EMS system.
Strengths and limitations: The Norwegian EMS is an advanced system with highly educated staff; however, this level of care comes with an equally high cost.
Conclusion: The Norwegian EMS can handle emergencies nationwide, providing advanced care at the scene and during transport. The geography and demography challenge the idea of equal care, but the open publishing of data from national quality registries seeks to identify and address potential differences.