Interventions with an ambulance

In 2020, 603,433 primary interventions and 7,519 inter-hospital transport interventions were recorded using a recognised ambulance[1]. Looking at the number of interventions per region, we see that there were 233,309 interventions in the Flemish Region, 188,899 in the Walloon Region and 83,354 in the Brussels-Capital Region in 2020.

NUMBER OF PRIMARY INTERVENTIONS WITH A RECOGNISED AMBULANCE BY REGION IN 2020

However, if we look at the number of interventions per 100,000 residents, we observe that the highest number of interventions per 100,000 residents took place in the Brussels-Capital Region, i.e. 6,842. In the Flemish Region, there were 3,519 interventions per 100,000 residents and, in the Walloon Region, 5,182 per 100,000 residents.

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NUMBER OF PRIMARY INTERVENTIONS WITH A RECOGNISED
AMBULANCE BY REGION AND PER 100,000 RESIDENTS IN 2020

It is observed that more interventions are performed for older patients[2]. The proportion of male patients is greater than the proportion of female patients up to the age of 79 years. From the age of 80 onwards, considerably more ambulances are dispatched for the assistance of female patients, which could be explained by the greater presence of women in these age categories.

The number of interventions with a recognised ambulance increases with age.

 

NUMBER OF PRIMARY INTERVENTIONS WITH A RECOGNISED AMBULANCE
BY GENDER AND AGE (2020) [3]

 

[1]Source: AMBUREG registration, Data and Policy Information Service, FPS HFCSE; figures for a full year of records are only available for the year 2020. For this reason, no figures for previous years can be shown. The recording rate for the year 2020 is 89.31%.

[2]There are probably fewer interventions for the 90 years and older age group because of a lower population in this group.

[3]For 8.36% of patients, either gender or age was not recorded. These patients were therefore not included in the graph concerned. It should also be noted that the number of patients does not necessarily equal the number of interventions.