What are Ambulance Services?
Ambulance Services refer to the medical transportation services that are pressed into service in case the patients/injured individuals require movement from one location to another under strict supervision of the medical or paramedical staff. Typically, ambulance services are one of the emergency services that are called upon in case of accidents or sudden onset of an emergency condition where the patient requires immediate transportation to a medical facility under the supervision of trained paramedical personnel. Since ambulances are, generally, very well equipped with essential and necessary medical equipment, they are usually preferred over any private vehicle, unless of course, the ambulance services are inaccessible or the patient’s condition is critical and the wait for ambulance could be too long.
The ambulance services are usually registered with local jurisdiction and are specifically permitted to run such services for the general public. Most ambulance services also require that their drivers must have a spotless driving record and have sufficient experience in working for emergency services where time is of essence and the safety of the vehicle is paramount.
Functions of Ambulance Services
1. The most important function of the ambulance services is to transport the patient without any further damage from the scene of accident/injury to a medical care facility.
2. Sometime, the ambulance services are also called in to transport the patient from one medical care facility to another in case specialized treatment, as required by the patient, is not available in the former.
3. The ambulance services also ensure that the patient remains stable in the ambulance by the presence of medical or paramedical staff in the ambulance.
4. Sometimes, ambulance services are also availed of by the patients, when discharged from the hospital. They may be prescribed complete bed rest at home. So, the journey between hospital and the home is made comfortable by the ambulance services. Right till the time the patient’s responsibility is transferred to the caregiver, the ambulance crew remains in charge of the patient and responsible for his/her stability.
5. Air ambulance services are also gaining popularity in case of patients and/or the medical care facilities are located at a considerable distance that is not viable for road ambulances to cover. Some air ambulance services also operate internationally and provide the emergency and quick transportation services for the ailing and injured to a medical care facility that is well equipped to look after their condition.
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