In Ukraine, emergency medical services are provided by the Ukrainian Emergency Medical Services (UEMS), a special type of government rescue service, the main task of which is to provide free of charge medical assistance to victims, rescuers and any other persons who take part in the response to and/or recovery process after incidents of any kind.
Ukrainian Emergency Medical Service (UEMS) is a state service, that functions at both a national level (central level) and regional level.
The national level is represented by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the Ukrainian national disaster and emergency medicine centre. At the Regional level there are 24 regional centres (one for each oblast) and a further special regional centre for the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. There are additional municipal command posts in the autonomous cities of Kiev and Sevastopol.
The main task of the UEMS is to provide first aid and advanced medical assistance through provision of ambulances at any incident where medical care is required. In the case of a large scale disaster, supplementary help can be provided in the form of a mobile hospital of State Emergency Service of Ukraine (MNS). Additionally, the UEMS has the option to request support from private aircraft or those in use by the State Emergency Service, Ministry of Defence and/or any other government agency.
Ultimately the emergency medical services of Ukraine seek to provide:
The emergency services act according to Response plans that have been composed for each level. The coordination function of the UEMS is provided by coordinating commissions; such commissions exist at both the central level in the system of Ministry of Health at territorial level.
Commissions have coordinated:
For assistance to victims the UEMS utilises medical teams at local hospitals such as:
UEMS personnel have been deployed as part of Ukrainian joint teams in response to: