Ambulances are also used to transport patients between nursing or assisted living care facilities and hospitals. There is approximately over 1.3 million elderly Americans currently living in nursing homes. Over 70 percent use Medicaid, which covers ambulance services. Ambulance services are very beneficial because the elderly are medically vulnerable and need attention and care. Often times they have high medical needs with limited social support and resources.
But who exactly operates the ambulance? According to the American Ambulance Association, there are over 800,000 Emergency Medical System (EMS) Personal in the United States. They are divided into 2 groups – Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) and Paramedics. EMT’s are entry level medical providers while Paramedics have advanced training, education and skills. Ambulances offer the special benefit of having well trained medical staff available to attend to the patients’ needs.
Another added benefit is that ambulances are specially designed and stocked with equipment and supplies to provide life-saving and supportive intervention and treatment. Keep in mind that the requirements for non-emergency medical transport vehicles vary by state. They usually have basic safety requirements and have customized accommodations such as a hydraulic lift.
Overall, both non-emergency medical transports and ambulance services offer critical transportation and medical support to those in need.