Within the framework of Russia's hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup, medical workers in Ekaterinburg have been using new technology if football fans required medical assistance, introducing mobile first aid teams on Segways and electric cars, said Tatyana Savinova, deputy head at the city administration's healthcare department, at Ekaterinburg City Press Center.
"FIFA Fan Fest is the second major venue after the stadium," she said. "It is open for 26 days. We are especially proud of the way our department is providing the festival with medical assistance. With the help of Segways, our medical officers can get to their destinations 2.5 times faster than usual."
The new vehicles were designed especially for medical workers, Savinova added. They are equipped with defibrillators, medical kits and other equipment necessary for providing medical aid.
Electric cars became the second innovation, Savinova said. With the help of these cars, medical teams can take people to first aid stations or to ambulances.
"People call for medical help on average five to seven times every single day," she said. "Most times, we have to deal with abrasions, blood pressure problems and headaches."
On the Russian national team's match days, the number of calls for medical help in Ekaterinburg falls by 10 percent, Savinova added.
"The more Russia plays at 2018 FIFA World Cup, the fewer calls our ambulance service gets," she noted.