EMS using new powered cot 04.06.2011

Written by David Green.

New equipment now in use by the Morenci Area EMS is making it easier on patient and care-giver alike. A new power -assisted cot should avoid back injuries suffered by EMTs while adding to the comfort of patients.

The EMS has tried to budget for a new cot for several years, explained station administrator Larry Weeks, but financial difficulties have prevented replacement. It was finally time to make the purchase, he told city council members March 28, with the old model not always functioning correctly.

Council approved the purchase of a two-month-old demo unit at a cost of $14,786. Payment will be spread over two years or more.

The new unit is battery operated to lower and raise the cot. This should reduce the times when EMS staff is forced to call the fire department for a “lift assist” to handle heavier patients. The cot has a 700-pound capacity.

The unit came with a stair chair for safer movement of a patient downstairs.

“We’re looking to make it safer for both staff and patient,” Weeks said.

Fire chief Chad Schisler backed up the EMS decision to buy the new equipment.

“With a two-man ambulance crew, I’m 100 percent behind your goal,” he said. “It’s essential.”

The unit comes with a charger and a spare battery, although it can be operated manually without a battery.

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