Mandy O'Grady a representative from STRYKER EMS Equipment was on hand at the Fire Board Meeting on Monday 18th February to demo a Power Cot and answer questions from attending Fire Department representatives.
Whenever you see someone being hauled out of a house by Ambulance on a TV Show it shows two people operating a manual cot with folding tripod legs that fold up as you push the cot into the Ambulance.
This Power Cot operates both through electronic and hydraulic means and reduces the risk of injury to those being transferred and to the EMT's that are doing the transferring.
The legs can be raised or lowered at the push of a button as needed, so if you still need to manually carry an individual it is possible to do so.
This system stops what are called HOT DROP incidents; this is when the legs and wheels of the cot are allowed to drop causing a loud noise and potentially causing damage to the cot. This term can also be used to describe the same scenario when the cot is loaded with a patient and it could cause serious injury to the patient if it happens.
With the Power Cot the legs drop in a timely manner but in a controlled fashion preventing a heavy jarring impact and therefore a potential law suit or added insurance bill!
The Fire Board voted in favor of purchasing one of these power cots at an estimated expense of $13,000 as well as a power loading device which will go in one of the ambulances and automate the process of loading a cot into the ambulance at a further cost of $18,000.
Although these Power Cots have been on the market for over 9 years this would be the first purchased by our Fire Department.
For more information on these products check out http://www.stryker.com
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