In the Community
Savannah, Ga. The Southside Fire Department is currently sponsoring Mr Lawton Mathis in a variety of running events around the area. Mr Mathis is 73 years young and has won several running marathons & events in his division. If you see Mr. Mathis out practicing with his Southside shirt give him a shout of "Well done". What an encouragement Mr. Mathis is to all who seek physical fitness !
Savannah, GA Southside Fire/EMS recently began operating a Bariatric Ambulance in the coastal empire area. “Operation of an ambulance with additional capabilities for heavier patients is a near necessity.” Twenty years ago it was not nearly as common for ambulances to encounter patients who exceed the capabilities of a regular ambulance and crew. Today it is quite common to see patients that exceed 400 pounds.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has conducted surveys that showed obesity in the years 1976 thru 1980 was at 15.0% of the population but another survey conducted in 2003 and 2004 revealed that number has increased to 32.9%. Obesity is defined as a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or greater. Just because a patient has a BMI of 30 or greater doesn’t mean they cannot be serviced by a regular ambulance. An adult who is 5’ 10” is considered overweight at 175 pounds (BMI 25.1) Obese at 210 pounds (BMI 30.1) the same 5’10” adult would have a BMI of 57.4 at 400 pounds. This new bariatric ambulance operates with a cot that will accommodate up to 1600 pounds which is more than twice the load limit of a regular ambulance cot. Two ramps attach to the rear of the ambulance while an electric winch inside the ambulance actually pulls the cot up the ramps rather than traditional loading of the cot that requires it to be lifted into the ambulance by the medics. This provides improved safety for the patient and the medics and allows emergency and non emergency transportation for the patient in a dignified manner. The ambulance expands service and can accommodate patients up to 1000 pounds.
For more information on the Bariatric ambulance contact Southside Fire/ EMS at 912-354-1011 and more info about obesity can be found on the web at www.CDC.gov.