Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics have an injury rate three times above the national average. To say there are pain points created during patient transportation is a fun play on words, but it's true. These emergency medical responders are highly prone to painful sprains, strains, bruises, and more.
First responders are always focused on patient safety. Whether climbing five floors of an urban walk-up, navigating tiny doorways of an older house, or dealing with trash and clutter, the terrain doesn't matter as long as that EMS team can gain access to the person in need.
Every second counts when transporting a patient to an emergency medical provider. Some patients may be critical, needing necessary care within that golden hour-long window. Other patients might be okay, but require fast stabilization of a break or tear to prevent further injury. Even minor ailments can cause patients extra pain and anxiety if they have to wait for transportation and care.
Patient transport challenges are nothing new, but EMS supply managers and directors are seeking better ways of transport that are suitable for heavier-to-morbidly-obese patients as well as to protect EMS personnel. EMS World reports that lower back injuries account for more than 21% of EMS workplace-related injuries. And more than half of the back injuries result from lifting patients.
During search and rescue operations, there are many instances when conventional rigid stretchers are too big, bulky or awkward to use. This is particularly the case when there's a need to move a patient quickly due to impending danger.
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The role of the EMT is first and foremost that of a patient transporter - safely moving the patient from the point of injury, or occurrence, to a point of care and, meanwhile, assuring that the patient is stabilized and supported on the way. This is not to demean or belittle the importance of the stabilization and supportive activities, nor the training and dedication required to provide them. Rather, it is to emphasize and reinforce the importance of the transporting function.
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