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AMR Introduces New Bariatric Ambulance Program in Bernalillo County



Albuquerque, N.M. (November 13, 2012) -- American Medical Response (AMR) announces the introduction of its new bariatric ambulance program in Bernalillo County. The first and only service of its type to serve the area, AMR’s new ambulance is designed to safely transport patients who weigh up to 1,200 pounds.

AMR created this program to provide patients with safe, comfortable and dignified medical transportation. AMR bariatric ambulances are equipped with ergonomically placed lifts, custom-designed winch and track systems to load patients, and widened, reinforced cots to increase the comfort and safety of patients. Additionally, all AMR Bernalillo County EMTs and paramedics have completed AMR’s Bariatric Training Program. The training program addresses the special medical concerns of bariatric patients and ways to safely and respectfully position and transport a bariatric patient.

“The standard equipment used by ambulance service providers is often not designed to accommodate larger and heavier patients, resulting in potential safety hazards for patients and the crews who transport them,” said AMR Operations Manager Joaquin Graham. “The new bariatric ambulance significantly reduces those risks and increases the comfort and dignity of these special-need patients.”

About American Medical Response

AMR (www.amr.net) is America’s leading provider of medical transportation, operating in 40 states and the District of Columbia. AMR’s 17,000 paramedics, EMTs and other professionals transport more than three million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. Operating a fleet of approximately 4,500 vehicles, AMR, a subsidiary of Emergency Medical Services Corporation, is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo.


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