As the region’s mobile healthcare provider, REMSA is pleased to announce that it is expanding its transport capabilities with the addition of an ambulance dedicated to interfacility transports. This vehicle will support the more than 6,000 non-emergent, medical transports that REMSA completes every year, outside of the 911 system.
“In addition to providing emergency medical services (EMS) and mobile healthcare, REMSA also facilitates transports between facilities for patients needing medical care while in transit,” said Aaron Abbott, Executive Director, EMS Operations, REMSA. “The addition of this dedicated vehicle is an exciting expansion of our healthcare services to meet the needs of our growing community.”
The vehicle, a Ford Transit T-250 is fully equipped to provide care for short and long-distance transports for patients needing either basic life support or intermediate life support care which includes maintaining a patent airway, monitoring vital signs, administering oxygen, managing an IV and conducting and interpreting EKGs. Key features of the vehicle include LED lighting, improved fuel efficiency and enhanced maneuverability.
“Our crews complete approximately 17 interfacility transports every day,” said Abbott. “Dedicating this vehicle to those requests means that our paramedic-level advanced life support (ALS) units are available to respond to life-threatening emergencies within the 911 system.”
The interfacility transport ambulance joins an impressive fleet of REMSA and Care Flight vehicles. The organization offers 24/7 transport availability with flexible provider-level staffing from basic life support to critical care. The fleet of vehicles includes 45 ambulances, 8 special event and logistics vehicles including a tactical EMS van and three ALS-equipped bicycles, as well as four rotor-ring and one fixed-wing aircraft and a critical care ground ambulance.