Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Convert a horse trailer to an improv ambulance./Only half kidding
hardinparamedic: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Convert a horse trailer to an improv ambulance./Only half kiddingTechnically, you can't do that. While the states each have their own individual laws, they all tend to follow either the NFPA 1917 Standard, or the Federal KKK-A-1822 standards depending on what year they're manufactured. To operate a vehicle as an ambulance in the United States, they either have to be inspected and certified by that state to follow the standards they have established, or have a per patient, per use exemption which involves contacting the state EMS office for a written exception EACH TIME you do it.As an example, I can't just take a Semi-Trailer and put a stretcher in it.In the example above, of taking the hardware out and putting a free-standing patient in the floor of the unit, were something to happen during the transport - like a wreck - and the patient was hurt or died, the ambulance company and the crew are both negligently involved in that injury. Not only are there civil repercussions, but they could face criminal and professional sanctions as well. But, also, it was the only way of doing things for years before the bari-unit was implemented.
Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Wow. Chalk that up for something else I didn't know but am glad I learned.I simply figured that a structure designed to transport 900-1200 pound creatures would be the easiest solution, from a weight distribution standpoint (And fatties love oats and a snout nuzzle).Kudos for the information.
hardinparamedic: There's a historical reason for this, though. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, before the federal KKK-A-1822 standards were established by the DOT, ambulances were largely unregulated.
King Something: America sounds fat.
sgnilward: FTFA "In the past, you'd have to get five, six, seven firefighters to physically lift the patient in. It increases the chance that something could happen to the patient"Dude, when it takes seven, SEVEN, firefighters to lift your fat ass, you deserve whatever happens. Why would you risk injury to seven trained men so you can stuff you pie-hole for two more months at the hospital.Sorry fatty, that's the sign your time is up.
Superjew: I'm not sure society has an obligation to help people that have so obviously tried their best to kill themselves by eating.
Rustblade: They should put them in a trailer instead, like they did with that fat biatch who never left the couch and "became one" with it.
skinink: Rustblade: They should put them in a trailer instead, like they did with that fat biatch who never left the couch and "became one" with it.You mean this lady?
eraser8: C'mon, people...the headline DEMANDS "yo mama" jokes.So make with the jokes, already.
Tom_Slick: hardinparamedic: There's a historical reason for this, though. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, before the federal KKK-A-1822 standards were established by the DOT, ambulances were largely unregulated.So what you are saying is "Mother Jugs and Speed" had some basis in reality.
hardinparamedic: Happened in Memphis a few years back when they took one of their reserve units, and modified it in-house as a bariatric ambulance. For most of their hyper-morbidly obese, they just take the stretcher mounts off the floor of the ambulance, and use a salvage tarp to load them in, but you can't secure them, and laying these people flat is generally not an easy thing to do. They put in a 1200lb capacity Striker stretcher, winch to load people, and even a ramp system so you don't have to manipulate the stretcher beyond getting it lined up. What they didn't realize is that all of that weight was spread across about an inch and a half area per wheel, and the first half-tonner they used it on, the stretcher went through the floor.They have it back in service now, but you basically have to take two pumper companies out of service to staff it since it's kept with the reserves. Still, we've got at least 15 people >500lbs in the area, so it's nice to have it if we need mutual aid.
fusillade762: How will they know when to roll out the fat ambulance? Are the 911 operators going to ask how much the patient weighs?
Dumski: skinink: Rustblade: They should put them in a trailer instead, like they did with that fat biatch who never left the couch and "became one" with it.You mean this lady?That is one hell of a disgusting situation.
LiberalEastCoastElitist: The cost of the extra wide stretchers, wheel chairs, beds, etc. is small compared to the expenses incurred by society when caregivers (who themselves are often fat and out of shape) blow their backs out trying to move these land whales and are forced into early retirement and/or onto disability.
DeadBaby: Man, if it's farking illegal to use heroin, it should be illegal to let yourself weigh more than 500 pounds. I'm not a skinny guy, either. Technically I'm overweight but the outrageous costs that the morbidly obese and hyper-obese put on society is scary.
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