The Adair County Ambulance Service has recently taken steps to increase efficiency by purchasing self-loading stretchers and a new training mannequin.
The Adair County Ambulance Board meeting revealed the new additions to the service.
Director Tony Bragg said the new stretchers were installed in all six ambulances last week for a total of $124,000.
The stretchers will load and unload on a track in the floor of the ambulance at the push of a button, relieving ambulance employees from having to manually lift patients in and out. It holds 700 pounds.
“It’s a huge difference on loading and unloading patients,” said Assistant Director Daryl Flatt. “All you have to do is get a patient on the stretcher.”
In new business, Bragg brought up the need for purchasing a new training mannequin in order for them to be able to continue providing EMT training.
New regulation from the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services states that any ambulance service that wants to be renewed for their training institution number has to own their own equipment. Adair County is up for renewal in March.
The robotic mannequin that Bragg recommended they purchase has the ability to talk back to trainees and has pupils that will dilate.
“Almost anything you can do to a patient, you can do to it,” said Bragg.
In addition, Bragg recommended to the board that they also purchase a separate intubation head and IV arm for training so that it will save wear and tear on the mannequin, which is the most expensive item requested.
Adair County’s training course shared equipment with Lindsey Wilson College or other ambulance services for training in previous years.
Preston Gaskin and Chad Wheet have been teaching the course for the past several years, where they charged $800 per person for the four-month course with the hopes of gaining an EMT or two from the training.
The course isn’t on a set schedule and is only offered when around 15 people are interested at once.
Bragg said that some surrounding counties are giving up on training after these new regulations, but board members Doug Sapp and Chris Quinn agreed with Bragg that it is important for Adair County to continue training.
The board voted to spend $22,000 for the new mannequin, intubation head and IV arm.
They also plan to use the mannequin to evaluate current Adair County EMTs.
The board also accepted a bid of $6,722 from a party from Missouri for the 2012 ambulance they are selling. They only received two bids total, with the other being $3,123 from a Michigan party.
By Anna Buckman