The paramedic carry chair is one of the most useful pieces of equipement in an Ambulance. A paramedic carry chair often effectively allows two paramedics to get just about anystandard size and weight patient out of a house regardless of their injuries and level of consciousness.
By using a carry chair paramedics are able to roll a patient through tight corridoors, around tight fitting bed spaces, toilets and if need be carry down stairs. The aim with a carry chair is to get the patient to sit still with their arms across their chest and not reaching out at everything (often trying to be helpful). Our Ambulance Service has the policy that you must use seat belt like restraints to the torso and legs to make it less likely for the patient to fall out or to reach out and grab things.
While using the chair it is important to try not to make any sudden or jolting movements. Pick your route and be purposeful in each movement. When descending a set of stairs it is often easier to lift the carry chair rather than try and let it roll down each step, which avoids any lifting but often causes a lot of jolting and potential damage to the paramedic.
The paramedic carry chair has been particularly useful in emergency settings where an exertion by the patient could be quite detrimental, but you are unable to gain enough access for the stretcher. For example, patients with chest pain or asthma.
There are a variety of carry chairs on the market of paramedic use. A purpose build paramedic carry chair has been made by Ferno. The Ferno Compact Carry Chairs are simple, effective and lightweight for use in the ambulance and pre-hospital environments. These chairs are designed to assist in moving patients from wherever they are found.
They fold to a compact size for convenient handling and storage.
The chairs have been developed taking into consideration designs which assist with comfort and ease of use for both patient and attendant. The chairs offer support for the patient’s shoulders and feet while providing comfortable foot and head-end hand grips to enhance comfort and stability for the attendant. Each model is supplied standard with chest and