Many people think that there is only one kind of medical transports. To them, the life-saving, emergency rides in an ambulance is the only one they are familiar with but there are others and they are equally beneficial to the patients and families that use them. Some patients need to be given more careful observation while traveling but are still able to live at home. There are many reasons that people might use an ambulance or similar transport vehicle to get to even their routine doctor’s appointments.
Non-Emergency Ambulance Transport
In many areas there are two types of ambulances: those that are used in an emergency, possibly life-threatening situation and those that are used for more routine transportation to and from a hospital, clinic or doctor’s office for checkups, procedures and follow up visits. In an emergency situation there will be three staff members including the driver, a passenger who typically relays information from the staff at the back of the ambulance to the hospital and back.
For the non-emergency transport there may only be two staff members which allows the patient to bring someone like a family member or a home health worker along for comfort or to speak for them if they are unable to do so for themselves. Much of the same type of equipment that is used on a regular ambulance will be available for use on these transports and most are staffed by people with specialized training just in case of an emergency while en route.
For the ambulance the staff will be licensed paramedics or EMTs, this may also be the case for the non-emergency medical transport ambulance service. Insurance may cover the cost of transportation through either of these services in some cases.
Reasons for a Medical Transport
You might wonder why someone would need this kind of service. In some cases it is simply easier for a professional to handle bringing a patient in and out of the home because of limited mobility issues but there are other reasons to consider this type of service as well. For instance, a patient who does not handle being in a seated position would be more comfortable on the gurney in the back of an ambulance or medical van. These vehicles are also better equipped to handle people who need medical equipment like oxygen tanks and IV tubes. A patient who may not be medically stable would also be better served by a highly trained professional with the equipment they may need to save their life.