In the event of an accident, transportation becomes a major concern. Millions of people are injured on the highways each day, due to the fault of another, or to ill weather conditions. Most injuries are minor, and non-emergency medical transportation seems to be the best and least expensive mode of transport. Non-medical Transport mainly consist of private vehicles driven by friends or family members.
However in the event of an actual life-threatening injury, private transportation or non- medical transport is not recommended. In such cases, an ambulance would be the most appropriate choice. An ambulance is like a portable emergency home on wheels. Patients can get the best medical care on their way to the hospital.
An ambulance is a portable or miniature hospital E.R. inside patients will find all the latest medical gadgets and equipment on the market. An ambulance transport people with emergency and non- emergency medical conditions all day long. Inside the ambulance there are portable versions of airway devices, used to open constricted airways, cardiac monitors that monitors the heartbeats, emergency medication to lower blood pressure or blood sugar, IV equipment to hydrate patients who need fluids or to start a blood transfusion.
Immobilization devices are used such as neck and back braces to help keep injured patients from moving around. The ambulance is actually of extension of the emergency department and it is equipped to handle most life threatening situations. The average ambulance is equipped to handle adult medical problems, but for children a special ambulance is needed. Since children are younger and their bodies are more delicate, they need a pediatric or children’s ambulance.
The pediatric ambulance has the same tools but the set-up is different. When someone is in trouble and needs an ambulance, they can assure that their arrival to the hospital will be a quick one. Unlike a private vehicle the ambulance is given the right of way. The ambulance can go through traffic lights, intersections and other crossroads safely, without yielding to red lights or traffic signs.
When drivers sees the ambulance coming they are move out of the w ay, and give the ambulance freedom to move through traffic. Anyone not doing so, is given a citation. Due to the high cost of ambulance services, most people prefer not to use an ambulance. An ambulance service can charge up to several hundred dollars in transportation fees. However, most people have insurance that will take care of the payment. For people without insurance, the cost can be extremely costly. Patients without insurance will receive a bill for the services they received. This is one good thing about medical transportation. No one is denied medical care.
Medical transportation has advanced over the years. It is now possible for more and more lifesaving procedures to be administered before a patient arrives at the hospital. These advances have led to more patients making it to the hospital to be successfully treated.
In a medical emergency, the transportation a person receives is often what makes the difference between life and death. Luckily, medical transportation has become much more advanced over the years. There are also different types of medical transportation used for different types of medical situations that can arise.