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New Ambulances For Plus Sized Patients

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The rising obesity rates in Tennessee are forcing paramedics to use new equipment to help patients.

Bariatric Ambulances are becoming more common across the state because they feature larger vehicles and wider stretchers.

"We use them quite often," said Randy Maner, the Training Manager for First Call Ambulance Service, "we want to provide the highest level of care for all patients, and this allows us to do that."

Designed to accommodate patients who weigh up to 1,600 lbs, the ambulance is equipped with a specialized cot, and a patient loading system.

"Standard equipment just can't accommodate patients over 300 pounds," said Maner.

First responders still follow the same procedures, but use extra caution.

"This equipment requires more manpower, and you have to be more safety conscious so you don't hurt yourself and the patient as well," said Maner.

First Call Ambulance Service has three of these ambulances in Nashville and 10 statewide. The Nashville and Memphis fire departments each have one bariatric ambulance.

"I think this is something we will continue to use more in the future," said Maner.


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