Chile: Ambulance and Emergency Medical Services

Dial 131 to Call an Ambulance in Chile

Chile: Ambulance and Emergency Medical Services

AT-A-GLANCE

DIAL 131 TO CALL AN AMBULANCE IN CHILE

Ambulance services are provided by the national emergency system, known as “SAMU”. However, response times are not guaranteed and can vary greatly depending on your location so having other private ambulance provider numbers on-hand, or arranging private transport, is also common.

HOW CAN I CALL AN AMBULANCE IN THE CHILE?

DIAL 131 TO CALL AN AMBULANCE IN CHILE

Yes, 131 is accessible across the country and can be reached via fixed landline or mobile phones. Calls are received at a centralized call center and then dispatched to the nearest ambulance station.

Yes, prehospital providers in Chile are trained. There are both regional public and private training institutes.

Patients will be transported to the nearest hospital, whether public or private. If a patient requests transport to a private clinic, SAMU will comply with the request so long as the central dispatch base has approved it, has Isapre insurance, private insurance, or the means to pay out-of-pocket.

ADDITIONAL INFO

Common Emergencies in Chile
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunamis
Vaccinations for Chile

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), different groups of travelers will require different vaccinations for travel in Chile:

  • All Travelers:
    • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine
    • Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine
    • Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
    • Polio vaccine
    • Your yearly flu shot
  • Most Travelers:
    • Hepatitis A
    • Typhoid
  • Some Travelers:
    • Hepatitis B
    • Rabies

Read more about travel in Chile at the CDC website:  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/chile/ (Last accessed: Aug. 7, 2017)

SCOREBOARD

ROAD TRAFFIC INJURY DEATHS
(PER 100,000 POPULATION)

[Source: 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety, WHO]

REPORTED HOMICIDES
(PER 100,000 POPULATION)

[Source: 2014 Global Status Report on Violence Prevention, WHO-UNDP]

Beacon emergency dispatch is a cloud-based, do-it-yourself platform for emergency services that alerts, coordinates and tracks prehospital personnel using any mobile phone, with or without internet.

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