Being a health care worker, I am completely 100% behind this type of service:
A Las Vegas company is putting a new extra-large ambulance into service to handle extra-large patients.
American Medical Response called the $250,000 rig its bariatric unit. It bought it at the request of the Clark County Fire Department.
The vehicle looks like a regular ambulance. But it’s extra-wide, and has a larger gurney, a winch and ramps capable of loading up to 1,600 pounds.
A company official said that in the last six months, AMR has handled 75 calls involving patients that weighed more than 600 pounds.
He said moving someone that large in a regular ambulance poses safety problems for the patient — and for paramedics and ambulance crew members. – SOURCE
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone out on patient calls only to find that I am unable to assist a patient because of their weight. I can remember one call in particular where I had Chris waiting for me in the car as I went into a patient’s house to assist him – – only to have to call Chris up to help me get the man off the floor, because physically – I just couldn’t. It was 2am and Chris was the guys best shot for immediate help.
I applaud the Las Vegas ambulance company on this move and investment. Not only is it safer for the health care workers . . but safer for the patients, as well, making sure that they ambulance company is well-equipped and well-manned to assist and care for those extra-large patients.
I know when I was working as a Director in rehab – the work-related employee injuries were very high with employees caring for obese patients. I would imagine it is similar in the ambulance field. I would also imagine that the statistics on patient injuries are just as high.
This ambulance company is taking a long overdue, proactive step towards improving those statistics that hopefully the national industry will take note of.