Having had over 20 years in the business, we have come to realise that “Bariatric Transport” is becoming a major part of everyday care and support. This is a specialist field and not something you can just play by ear, it is a type of transport that requires specialist support, assessment and, above all, properly trained staff and the correct equipment.
Traditional ambulances and equipment such as stretchers, chairs etc have limited capacity and the combined weight of the stretcher and a bariatric patient may exceed the capacity of restraints in the vehicle in the event of an accident. Our crew of four staff are fully trained and experienced with the transportation of the Bariatric Patient and are dedicated to the conveying bariatric patients with special regard to their dignity and respect.
Our dedicated bariatric ambulance is big enough to take patients of up to 55 stone/350kg, including the trolley; or up to 70 stone/445kg, with patient on a bariatric bed. It’s equipped with a floor mounted “Lock & Load” system to secure equipment, a 1,200kg steel ramp, all capable of comfortably accommodating the largest bariatric hospital bed in use. An on-board winch is used to load slowly and safely. The support unit houses all supplementary equipment which may be required at either end of the transport. Utilising this unit removes the need to carry the equipment in the ambulance, gives more room for Patient monitoring and comfort and eliminates the risk of equipment not being available at the site.
Most services would carry hoists and slings, chairs etc. The support unit houses not only these but spare linen, jacks, ramps, rubber matting, compressor, generator, chocks, general spares, PPE, spillage kits, traffic management equipment, emergency lifting equipment and loads more. Having the equipment stored safely here, means that all equipment required at site becomes immediately available, reduces down time and ensures that the transport is carried out to the highest standard.
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