Bariatric patients in the Wadena, Wynyard, Foam Lake and Rose Valley areas will now have quicker trips to and from care homes or hospitals thanks to a new bariatric ambulance for Shamrock and Midway Ambulance Care.
Bariatric patients are those who need a special type of care to help them with their extreme obesity. The ambulance will help transport these patients, prevent injuries, and shorten wait times for transports.
Paramedic Chief Kelly Prime says this new ambulance is a big help and faster than what they had.
“Other ambulances from other areas – which mean a longer wait,” said Prime. “Fire departments – which not always mean the safest moving-techniques for that patient. And it allows us to transport that patient in a lot more comfort. And to do it in a safe manner.”
“If a person is in a hospital, or long-term care home,” said Prime. “And they require these types of lifts, they can phone us and we will come in and they can move that patient to wherever they need to go.”
Prime calls the ambulance a ‘Community Ambulance’ because it was purchased by Shamrock and Midway Ambulance Care, Wadena Health Action Group, the Wadena Hospital Auxiliary, and the Wynyard Hospital Auxiliary.