The number of injuries in Prague related to electric scooters doubled in July and August compared to the same time last year. Overall the number of incidents requiring a response from Prague’s emergency medical services (ZZS) dropped slightly.
ZZS crews in July and August intervened in a total of 20,392 events, while in the same two months in previous year it was 20,840 cases, according to a ZZS press release.
The largest increase seen by the emergency services was in connection with the scooters. In July and August, there were 40 such injuries requiring an ambulance, which is still a relatively low number but twice that of the same period last year.
ZZS spokeswoman Jana Poštová previously told the media that the number of reported accidents did not give a full picture, as most scooter accidents do not require an ambulance, so no report is recorded. Some European cities such as Paris have seen fatalities due to electric scooters.
The city is currently working with Lime, the main supplier of shared electric scooters in Prague, on improved safety, especially in keeping the scooters off of the sidewalk and outside congested areas.
During the holidays, ZZS rescuers went to just under 2,000 patients with severe respiratory disorders,730 patients suspected of having an acute heart attack, and 480 patients with seizures. In 84 patients, health care workers performed resuscitation due to failure of vital signs.
In the case of injuries, the ambulance intervened in 2,300 serious falls, in 430 traffic accidents and in almost 50 patients with severe burns or scalding.
The number of ambulance calls in Prague decreases during the summer in Prague, as residents are going on vacation, but a large number of tourists come in, so the decrease compared to the annual average is only 5% to 10%. Although the summer sees more injuries involving children, these happen outside the city since schoolchildren tend to go out on vacation with their parents. There is actually a 25% to 30% drop in calls regarding children.
The reduction in the number of interventions does not apply to the air rescue service. Rescuers in the summer months see almost double the calls for intervention than in the winter months.
Although the number of trips in Prague is decreasing during the summer holidays, the summer months for the rescue service crews of the Prague City Hall among the most challenging times of the year, both due to high outdoor temperatures and increased staffing requirements as a result of holidays.