In the latest twist in the obesity crisis, Boston has debuted an oversized ambulance for the use of obese patients. The retrofit ambulance is designed to carry patients up to 850 pounds and has been fitted with a hydrolic lift with a 1,000 lb capacity. It is projected to be in use as often as 4 times a week.
“We have seen a huge increase in the last six months,” said Captain Jose Archila of Boston’s Emergency Medical Services fleet about the number of calls by obese patients.
The specially designed ambulance was designed for the comfort of the patients, as well as the safety of the paramedics, who often suffer back strain from lifting severely heavy patients.
The ambulance hasn’t changed in appearance. The hydraulic lift stores under the bed and the gas tank was moved to accommodate it.
January 14th, 2011