Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Columbus too obese for ambulance stretchers

Columbus too obese for ambulance stretchers: "Apparently, according to the Columbus Dispatch, some residents in that city are so overweight they’re too much for paramedics to handle, literally. The Columbus Division of Fire has armed up over the last couple of years with stretchers that can haul around patients who weight up to 650 pounds — only that’s not good enough. No, it appears the city is now considering purchasing high-dollar stretchers that can support even heavier loads, up to 1,000 pounds. Why? Well, according to the Dispatch, about twice a month paramedics have to move patients who are too heavy for the existing equipment, meaning twice a month eight to ten city employees are filing new health insurance claims for back injuries."