LFR announces new ambulance technology - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

LFR announces new ambulance technology

Posted: Updated:

Posted By: Camila Orti
corti@klkntv.com

Lincoln Fire and Rescue announced the use of new technology that benefits both paramedics and ambulance patients.

"It's a great system across the board both for patients and firefighters," LFR Capt. Francisco Martinez said.

It's called the Stryker Power–LOAD cot fastening system. The equipment is designed to hydraulically lift patients weighing up to 700 pounds in and out of ambulances, reducing risk of injury.

Martinez has been a paramedic for 16 years, and has been using the new system for the past six months. He says it's as easy as pushing a few buttons and gently sliding the patient into the vehicle.

"Before, we'd have to use some pretty raw man power, lifting and pushing," Martinez said.

It's that strenuous daily activity that commonly injures rescue personnel.

"On a daily basis, a patient will get transported about ten times on average," Martinez said.

That means paramedics like him are lifting and lowering cots at least 20 times each day. LFR officials say that leads to sustainable back injuries, which affect more than 50 percent of EMTs.

"This is one of the things we're trying to do to alleviate those back injuries to make it safer for our providers in the field," Division Chief Roger Bonin said.

The equipment benefits patients as well.

"I've also seen slips that've caused the stretcher to misplace and maybe frighten the patient, it's just definitely more secure this way," Martinez said.

The system is also the first in the U.S. to meet dynamic crash test standards to increase the safety for occupants of the ambulance. So far, two ambulances have the technology. A third ambulance is scheduled to have the system installed within the next 90 days. Officials hope that within the next few years, the entire LFR fleet will be equipped with it.

Each unit costs $25,000, money that is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Metropolitan Medical Response System. More information on LFR is available at fire.lincoln.ne.gov.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Rural Lancaster county fire and rescue crews need volunteers

    Rural Lancaster County fire and rescue crews need volunteers

    Rural Lancaster County fire and rescue crews need volunteers

    The majority of fire crews in Nebraska run on volunteers, and Lancaster County is no exception. 

    More >>

    The majority of fire crews in Nebraska run on volunteers, and Lancaster County is no exception. 

    More >>
  • Lincoln Fire and Rescue leads escort to summer camp

    Lincoln Fire and Rescue leads escort to summer camp

    Lincoln Fire and Rescue escorted 19 kids to summer camp on Sunday.

    More >>

    Lincoln Fire and Rescue escorted 19 kids to summer camp on Sunday.

    More >>
  • Life jackets would have prevented recent drownings

    Life jackets would have prevented recent drownings

    Life jackets would have prevented recent drownings

    28–year–old Christian Montoya of Lincoln drown at Pawnee Lake Sunday afternoon after he jumped in the water trying to save his son.

    More >>

    28–year–old Christian Montoya of Lincoln drown at Pawnee Lake Sunday afternoon after he jumped in the water trying to save his son.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.