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JEMS Volume 37 Issue 5

Memphis Fire Department Debuts Bariatric Ambulance

Lighten the Load Bariatric patients in Memphis, Tenn., may now be transported to local hospitals with a bit more comfort thanks to a new bariatric ambulance put into service by the Memphis Fire Department. The unit was created for $5,000 by retrofitting a fleet ambulance in with ramps, a winch and a large cot, according to Deputy Fire Chief Gary Ludwig.

Providers Deliver High-Profile Care

Providers from Southwest Ambulance prepare to initiate the transfer of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) to TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital in Houston on Jan. 26, 2011. Providers use extreme caution to provide follow-up treatment for Giffords’ critical head injury after she was shot at a Congress On Your Corner event at a Safeway shopping center outside of Tucson, Ariz. This high-profile case serves as a reminder to EMS providers that they’re never able to predict what patients they may have the opportunity to treat or transfer.