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Things You Didn't Know About Ambulances

                       



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Ambulances--we’ve all seen them speeding down the road at some point or another, or maybe you’ve had to ride in one, or know someone who has. Ambulances are unlike any other vehicle on the road, completely stocked with the equipment to handle medical emergencies as a patient travels to the hospital. Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside an ambulance?

Ambulances: Providing Quick Care in Emergency Situations

Ambulances are highly specialized vehicles, fitted with highly advanced medical equipment used to treat patients during an emergency as they travel to the hospital. Ambulances can provide varying levels of emergency care, depending on the severity of the patient’s condition. Some patients become completely stabilized en route to the hospital and require little additional treatment, while others need more advanced levels of care once they arrive at the hospital.

The inside of an ambulance is a sight to behold. For paramedics to provide necessary care to their patients, the inside of the vehicle must be stocked with adequate medical equipment. Inside every emergency vehicle you can expect to find some common medical devices, including:

     Nebulizer
     External pacemaker
     Blood pressure machine
     Automatic External Defibrillator
     Oxygen
     Pulse oximeter
     Ventilators
     Suction equipment

The first ambulances were horse-drawn carts used for carrying soldiers who badly injured in battle off the field and to the hospital. Today all ambulances are vans which are converted into small mobile clinics. They can provide first aid, emergency care, various medicines and life support gear, and carry patients to hospital.

When the ambulance arrives on scene, the first thing paramedics do is to survey the situation, making sure there are no downed power lines or debris in the road, and making sure they won’t be hit by a car while responding to the accident.

While inside the ambulances, patients (or their families) can request they be taken to a specific hospital. Paramedics work to prevent further patient injury by keeping them still as the ambulance makes its journey to the hospital. Often, stabilizing boards need to be used to ensure the patient is not jostled around during the trip.

Ambulances can be built new, or, more commonly, be retrofitted using a process called ambulance remounting. This consists of stripping down and reconditioning any components that are worn, saving money and giving new life to older vehicles. During the remounting process, technicians will examine the chassis, electrical system, flooring, heating/AC, cab customization and hardware.

An important note: make way for ambulances when you see them on the road. If one is behind you, move to the right and stop if possible to give the ambulance a wide berth. Remember, if you hear an ambulance coming, be sure to stop and get out of its way – every minute counts when paramedics are working to save lives.



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