Johnson County Med-Act unveils new ambulance for oversized patients
New equipment will hit the streets this week
6:47 PM, Oct 4, 2010
7:10 PM, Oct 4, 2010
OLATHE, Kansas - As Americans get larger, the work for paramedics gets
A division chief for Johnson County Med-Act estimates the
county's paramedics will handle about 50 calls this year involving
patients weighing in excess of 450 pounds.
To lighten the load Med-Act has converted one of its ambulances
to a bariatric ambulance. It debuts this week. The vehicle has a
special lift in the back that enables paramedics to load large
patients with the push of a button.
Dispatchers will send it on calls where the patient exceeds 450
Med-Act is considering adding more bariatric ambulances to its
fleet when new ambulances come in.