Ambulances are life-savers and the first one to treat every patient. If available in the nick of time, a well-equipped ambulance can heavily increase the odds of a patient’s survival. The number of medical ailments has increased in recent years, which has led to a rise in the number of unforeseen medical emergencies. This makes ambulances even more crucial.
HOW CAN AN AMBULANCE AFFECT A PATIENT’S HEALTH?
People consider that a patient’s life is in the hands of a doctor, but an ambulance can go a long way in helping the patient in times of adverse medical conditions. Here are a few ways in which an ambulance can help in averting adverse health conditions of a patient:
(I) Ambulances are available round the clock. Any unforeseen medical emergency can be easily dealt with the equipment available in an ambulance. Different kinds of ambulances provide the right medical/clinical resources to the right patient within the right timespan. Deploying the right medical resources can save the patients and ensure due care is taken from their home or site of the accident to the hospital.
(II) In modern times, ambulances are provided with professional paramedics that ensure seamless transfer of patients to hospitals. Expert clinicians and medical surgeons can treat and help cut down the pain of patients who are going through painful medical emergencies.
TYPES OF AMBULANCE
Ambulances are of several types depending on the needs of the patients and the hospital. Given below are some very common type of ambulances:
(I) Basic Ambulance
A basic ambulance is the kind of ambulance we see very frequently. They provide basic services to patients in uncritical conditions. They deliver patients suffering from fractures, mild diseases, and unconsciousness to sub-acute care facilities. They do not have much sophisticated medical equipment, only a patient bed, stretcher, oximeter, and oxygen cylinders.
(II) Advance Ambulances
These ambulances contain sophisticated and advanced medical equipment like ECG monitors, defibrillators, and blood drawing tools. They must transport critical patients. These ambulances also have expert medical personnel to take care of patients fighting for their life, from cardiac diseases, or who have met with an accident.
(III) Mortuary Ambulance
A mortuary ambulance serves the purpose of carrying a dead body from a hospital or some other place. These dead bodies are carried in freezer boxes. Medical personnel is available to take care of the body and ensure all the safety guidelines are followed while delivering the body for its last rites.
(IV) Neonatal Ambulance
Neonatal Ambulances aim at reducing infant mortality rates. They transport babies and infants to health care centers or specialized care hospitals in case of any medical emergency. They are also equipped with incubators for infants and premature babies.
(V) Patient Transport Vehicles
These ambulances are for non-emergency situations. These are generally used for transferring patients from one unit or special care hospital to another unit or hospital when those patients do not need specialized care anymore.