Johnson County Med-Act unveils new ambulance for oversized patients

New equipment will hit the streets this week

OLATHE, Kansas - As Americans get larger, the work for paramedics gets tougher.

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 pounds.

Med-Act is considering adding more bariatric ambulances to its fleet when new ambulances come in.

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