Transportation for patients, while visiting the hospital and returning home, should be one of the biggest concerns as it has to be utmost safe. Failure to ensure a safe transportation can impose a profound impact on the patient’s current health.
Here are some of the tips to safely transport patients.
1. Assisting the patient
Patients must be assisted with great care while entering and exiting the medical vehicle. In the case of bed-ridden patients, transfer boards or rollers must be used as they can eliminate a great deal of weight while moving the patients from bed to stretcher and vice versa.
Also, there must be at least three to four trained personnel to assist the patient in moving from the bed to the stretcher and vice versa, especially if the patient has mobility issues.
2. Patients should be assisted only by EMTs
EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) are trained with several techniques, equipment, and tools for moving the patients while ensuring safety. Therefore, non-trained people shouldn’t help in moving the patient, especially in case of ambulance in-call for patient transport.
When non-trained people try and help to move the patient, they do not use the right techniques and therefore can cause injury to the patient.
3. Disability access vehicle
A significant percent of patients are disabled and have mobility issues. In such cases, medical transport vehicles that aid disability access should be preferred. We at Hippo Cabs provide safe, disabled access vehicles which have been designed to provide great assistance to mobility issues of the disabled patients.
The disabled access vehicle has wheelchair access which makes it easier for the handicapped patients to board the vehicle. Do not ever compromise on choosing the right vehicle type as doing so can make the journey hectic and even cause injury to the patient.
4. Appropriate equipment should be available
Medical conditions for patients can be different, and some may require special equipment. So, it is very important to make sure that appropriate equipment is available in the medical vehicle.
For instance, a patient may require extra aid such as a stretcher, a heart monitor or an IV pole. Availability of such equipment ensures that the patient’s health doesn’t deteriorate during the journey.
5. Slowing down
Haste is certainly not suited for medical transport. When moving the patients from the medical vehicle to the hospital, medical assistors should be very careful and shouldn’t rush as doing so may cause injury to both the patients and assistors.
The medical assist team should be focusing on using the lifting techniques properly. Also, recklessness in using different tools can cause injury or deteriorate the current health condition of the patient. Having said that, medical assistors shouldn’t be sluggish either, especially during emergency cases.