What is a Diesel Ambulance?

A Diesel Ambulance refers to the medical grade vehicle, which runs on diesel, and used to ferry patients in an emergency situation. As its name suggests, a diesel ambulance is a fully equipped ambulance that uses diesel as its powering fuel, unlike its gas counterparts, which can be a little expensive to run. You can find diesel ambulances in almost every medical care facility. Usually, they are the first to arrive on the accident scene and the patient is carefully eased into it by the paramedical staff after taking all the necessary precautions.

Kinds of Diesel Ambulance Supplies

Typically, a diesel ambulance is equipped with multiple supplies. The accepted standard of patient care requires the diesel ambulances to be well-equipped with medical supplies; however, the exact requirements will vary and depend on the certification levels of the providers, geographic, demographic and economic conditions of the region. The list includes:

1. Basic Life Support: It includes:

Ventilation and airway equipment, like suction apparatus, portable oxygen apparatus, portable and fixed oxygen supply equipment, oxygen administration equipment (like tubing length, nasal cannulas, etc.), bag-valve mask, nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, pulse oximeter, saline drops, etc.
Monitoring and Defibrillation equipment, like Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
Immobilization Devices, like cervical collars, head immobilizers, traction devices, impervious backboards, etc.
Bandages, Dressings, Gauze Rolls, Occlusive Dressing, Adhesive Tape, etc.
Two-way communication device between EMS provider, dispatcher and medical control
Obstetrical Kit, including towels, thermal absorbent blankets, aluminum foil roll, etc.
Stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, thermometer, cold packs, heavy bandage, scissors, sterile saline solution, flashlights with 2 extra batteries, disposable urinal, disposable bags or basin, disposable bedpan, folding stretcher, wheeled cot, stair chair, lubricating jelly, patient care charts, etc.
Infection Control equipment, like gloves, glasses/goggles, surgical masks, shoe covers, gowns, hand sanitizer, disinfectant solution, disposable trash bags, etc.
Injury Protection Equipment, like helmets, fire extinguisher, hazardous material reference guide, traffic signaling devices, reflective safety-wear for all crew members, etc.

2. Advanced Life Support: It includes all the basic life support equipment as well as the following list:

Ventilation and airway equipment, like laryngoscope handle, blades, endotracheal tubes, Magill forceps, Stylettes, Meconium aspirator adaptor, End-tidal CO2 detection capability, etc.
Vascular Access, like antiseptic solution, IV pole, crystalloid solutions, IV catheters, venous tourniquet, syringes, needles, IV administration sets, etc.
Cardiac Equipment, like portable battery operated monitor/defibrillator, transcutaneous cardiac pacemaker, cardiovascular medication, etc.
Other Advanced Equipment, like nebulizer, glucometer, etc.


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