Space is at a premium in an ambulance or helicopter so emergency medical services equipment needs to be handy and well organized. I often wonder how they manage to pack so much into such a small area. The duty bags are packed to the brim with first aid supplies and the on-board equipment is well organized and compact.
Everything needs to be stocked and ready to go at a moment’s notice so I expect a lot of down time is spent restocking the emergency medical services equipment to be sure everything that is needed is on board. Emergency medical technicians never know what they will encounter so they must be prepared for any eventuality.
Emergency Medical Services Equipment For Ambulances
Aside from basic first aid supplies such as gloves, masks, bandages, and antiseptics, ambulances need to have life support emergency medical services equipment as well. They are well set up to administer In-Vitro, (IV) fluids, oxygen therapy, and have a number of monitoring devices on board.
This may include cardiac monitoring emergency medical services equipment, defibrillators, and airway management equipment. In ambulances offering advanced life support, there will usually be a variety of endotracheal tubes, chest tubes, small surgical packs, and pharmaceuticals for injection. Oxygen administration equipment may include nasal cannulae and non rebreathing masks as well as pressure bags, oxygen tanks and regulators.
Basic splinting supplies will also be needed. If you have ever been at the scene of an accident, you will notice that back boards and neck braces are nearly always in use to stabilize the patient and prevent potential spinal injuries. Splints for fractured limbs are also stocked to stabilize fractures during transport to the hospital.
Emergency Medical Services Equipment For Nighttime Situations
Warming blankets are used to prevent shock. When someone is injured or involved in an accident, a drop in body temperature nearly always occurs and warm blankets and warmed IV fluids can often prevent shock. This is not just true in winter. If you have ever wondered why everyone involved in traumatic situations is draped in blankets; this is the reason.
Ambulances are also equipped with flashlights and other lighting devices for nighttime use. In order to help a victim, you certainly have to be able to find them and see what you are doing once you do. Some helmets are also equipped with bright LED lights. Every ambulance is equipped with sirens, flashing lights, speakers and radio communication device.
EMTs may carry portable communication devices and most ambulances are in constant contact with the emergency room for advice from the ER physician and to advise the ER about the scope of injuries and when they are expected to arrive. Emergency medical services equipment is meant to treat and stabilize the patient for transport to a hospital or trauma center.