Ambulances
Some stuff you may not know!

What are ambulances? In the simplest terms it is a conveyance to transport a sick or injured patient from where they are found to a place were they can receive more definitive care.

In the beginning things started off very simple, a buddy of yours carried you off the field of battle on the their back. Things got a bit better after the wheel was invented and wagons were used to transport the injured from battle.

Life for the injured did not get much better until the time of the American Civil War where battlefield medicine greatly improved the odds of war in favor of the soldier. It is a sad commentary that the history of emergency medicine is closely tied to the advances of war technology.

The history of ambulances
starts off with the religious order of St. John and continues through today. Much of what we are as EMT's are derived from this early work.

The modern age of EMS began in 1966 with the publication of the "White Paper on EMS" The state of emergency medical services before 1966 were varied with spotty coverage in the country. You were as likely to be transported in a morticians hearse doing double duty.

Modern emergency vehicles come in many shapes and sizes. From the classical road ambulance that many of use, to helicopters, airplanes, boats and finally ships.

What do you know about your own rig? How was it made, where there any guidelines for making it? Emergency Service Vehicles and their construction are not governed by any particular body rather a loose set of standards and guidelines have been put together with voluntary compliance.

Different types of ambulances
and the guidelines for constructing them have been published. When creating a bid specification for construction make sure you put in that it meets (at a bare minimum) the standards in the KKK specification or the AMD specification.

Is your rig safe to drive? Crash testing is virtually non-existent and not required by the federal government. All kinds of wild and wacky devices are creeping into the back which can hurt you during crashes.

Safety
is an important part of your job. Injury to EMT's are twice as high as the national average for injury. 12.7 of us per 100,000 EMT workers will be killed every year, mostly in avoidable crashes.

Be careful out there!


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