In times of unforeseen medical emergencies, ambulances act as lifesavers. An ambulance is an indispensable part of emergency medical services, so it can have a huge impact on the kind of medical assistance the patient receives at the earliest possible time.
To improve the patients’ ride and maximize their chances of survival, every ambulance must be well equipped with certain features that provide comfort to the patient and buy him time in which he can receive the needed treatment.
NECESSARY AMENITIES OF AN IDEAL AMBULANCE
Apart from a responsible medical team to assist the patients, some amenities must be present in an ambulance.
(I) FIRST-AID KITS
Every ambulance must have a First Aid kit containing items like sterile bandages, gauze dressings, gloves, scissors, antiseptics, and disinfectants. Clean first aid kits are needed in every medical emergency to stop excessive bleeding or infections.
(II) SAFE SEATING
Safe seating is needed for people accompanying the patient and the medical personnel present in the ambulance. The main concerns should be safety, comfort, and functionality.
Over the years, some standards have emerged which must be adhered to while seating is concerned. Such standards include child safety, seat belts, child restraints, head clearance, etc.
(III) MEDICAL EQUIPMENT
Apart from first aid kits, an ambulance must have two manual and battery run suction devices, which will prove fruitful while removing obstruction and fluids clogging the patient’s air track.
If the patient is unconscious, then medical devices called Non-metallic Oropharyngeal Airways are required to prevent the patient’s jaw muscles from relaxing and the tongue from blocking the air passage.
In addition to this, there must be enough oxygen cylinders filled with fresh oxygen to facilitate artificial respiration.
(IV) COT LIFTING SYSTEMS
Many ambulance companies and fire stations have already implemented these systems in their ambulances and vehicles. This is because back injuries are quite rampant among emergency medical workers. Cot lifting systems can save emergency health workers from such back injuries.
(V) PROPER WARNING DEVICES
Besides all the equipment and devices present in the ambulance fit the patients and medical workers’ safety, there must be some warning devices installed in every ambulance to prevent any road accidents. Patients and medical crew safety can be enhanced with audible warning devices such as highly audible sirens and well-positioned lights to enable the general public to make some room so that the ambulance can hurry away without any accident.
(VI) ENOUGH ROOM IN THE AMBULANCE
Another important aspect of every ambulance is enough space for the patient and the health workers. It requires a well built and pre-designed model. There should be a separate cabinet for every heavy piece of equipment such as monitors, oxygen cylinders, computers, etc. There should be two stretchers to bring the patient into the ambulance and immediately take him to the emergency room to reach the hospital.