How Many Types Of Patient Transfer Services Are Out There?
The Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Industry is made of several different services, they include;
Medi-van Non-Emergency, Wheelchair and Gurney.
(N.E.M.T)Non-Emergency Medical Transportation is for disabled people that are medically stable, do not need first aid and can not get in a car. Most patients transported are being discharged in a wheelchair or a gurney from the hospital are going to doctors appointments or transferred to a convalescent home. They also go to private homes, the transport can be local or long distance.
(B.L.S)Basic Life Support Transportation requires medical monitoring by a licensed EMT-Intermediate and may include monitoring vital signs, oxygen and IV therapy. The B.L.S Ambulance is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including a stretcher, an automatic external defibrillator, blood pressure monitoring equipment, pulse oximetry and oxygen delivery devices.
Transportation is the level of medical care the patient needs, it can be for people with life-threatening illnesses or injuries, most of these patients are transported in a gurney,hospital to hospital or Interfacility.
It can be provided by trained medical personnel, including emergency medical technicians (E.M.T) and PARAMEDICS who have received basic life support training.
(A.L.S)Advanced Life Support Transportation or Critical Care Transportation consist of Type III ambulances. They are mounted on a cut-a-way chassis.
Advanced Life Support care requires medical monitoring by a licensed EMT-Paramedic and may include monitoring vital signs, advanced drug therapy, cardiac monitoring, oxygen and IV therapy.
Equipment includes but not limited to:
Specialized Stretchers and Gurneys
Physio Life Pak 12
Ferno Power Flexx Power Cot
Powered Medication Pump
Advanced Airway Management
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Blood Pressure Monitoring Equipment
Administration of advanced medications used to treat a variety of illnesses and provide pain relief.
An ambulance is a vehicle for transporting sick or injured people.
There are several types of ambulances, the most common configurations are;
An Air Ambulance Transportation is a specially outfitted aircraft that transports injured or sick people in a medical emergency on a gurney or a stretcher over distances or terrain impractical for a conventional ground ambulance.
Air ambulances are equipped with medical devices vital to monitoring injured or ill patients. Equipment for air ambulances includes but not limited to stretchers, gurneys, medications, ventilators, ECGs, monitoring units and CPR equipment.
A medically staffed air ambulance provides medical care in flight.
A non-medically staffed aircraft simply transports patients without care in flight.
Bariatric Transportation Ambulancesare vehicles modified to specifically provide safe transportation for patients with body weight in excess of (400 lbs). They have extra-wide interiors, oversize gurneys,stretchers and wheelchairs that are capable of carrying very large patients.
The need for bariatric ambulances has risen because of the rising obesity rates in the United States.
Doctor’s Appointments, Hospital Discharges, Convalescent Homes Or Outpatient Services?
It is for anybody that needs to be transported from point A to point B. Most people don’t know what a wheelchair van transportation is until they need it.
People may be brought to the hospital in an ambulance for an emergency situation, but once they are discharged, they just can't call a cab, so now what do they do? When the patient is leaving the hospital that’s the first time they are introduced to non-emergency medical transportation.
A lot of people are up in age, they can’t get around as well, and need to get to their medical appointments, they can’t call a cab, they’re in a wheelchair , so how are they going to get to their appointments? that is where medical transportation comes in.
The driver go's to their place of residence, the hospital, convalescent home or the nursing facility, wherever they are, they go in, the driver assist them, gets them in the vehicle, properly secures them, transports them, gets them to their medical appointment or their destination, at a fraction of the cost of a regular ambulance saving money to the patient and not tying down emergency vehicles.
Non-Emergency Transportation Companies, How Big Are They?
Some companies are small mom and pop with just one handicapped van while others may be a large fleet of ambulances.
The vehicle(s) are customized to transport from one disabled patient to several patients at a time, they can have a hydraulic lift for transporting in a wheelchair.
The vehicles must be properly maintained and meet or exceed A.D.A (American with Disabilities Act) Standards.
The aging population the need for non-emergency medical transportation is growing exponentially, especially wheelchair transport. In 2016, the oldest baby boomers—Americans born between 1946 and 1964—will start to turn 70. Today, 40 million people in the United States are ages 65 and older, but this number is projected to more than double to 89 million by 2050. Although the “oldest old”—those ages 85 and older—represent only 15 percent of the population ages 65 and older today, their numbers are projected to rise rapidly over the next 40 years. By 2050, the oldest old will number 19 million, over one-fifth of the total population ages 65 and older.
What is Wheelchair Transportation?
Wheelchair Transportation is a patient transfer service or a van for disabled, handicapped or elderly people that need to be transported in a wheelchair.
Amazing Wheels transportation is reliable wheelchair transport in Denver, Colorado. Please call 720-276-0824 or simply visit their website to request your ride: www.amazingmedicaltransport.com