Thursday, June 24, 2010

Comfort Is Key

When it comes to long distance medical transport, making sure a patient or love-one is comfortable goes further than you think. Those with limited mobility are at greater risk for skin injury and various ailments resulting from a lack of body functions aided by mobility. Almost every system in our body needs periodic movement, even if that movement is only slight. Choosing a service that provides extra padding on stretchers and has effective policy regarding position changes of immobile patients is key. If a prospective service cannot quickly and confidently provide you with measures in place to prevent complications from lack of padding or movement then you should keep looking. Long distance medical transport requires that an immobile patient be in the same bed for many hours at a time. When prepared, a transport service can shift patient position often and provide enough padding so that no problems arise. However, if a service does not effectively deal with the dangers-emotional and physical- of immobility then problems can, and eventually will, arise.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

You Gotta Eat

One thing that can slip one's mind when planning a long distance medical transport is nutrition. The majority of our patients suffer from some form of chronic illness and many are of advanced age. At all points in the care and rehabilitation process an adequate diet is crucial. It should be standard for a service to consider your patient or loved-one's nutritional needs. This is why we include the price of patient and rider meals in our transport price. A patient or loved-one moving over long distance is subject to a lot of stress from bumpy roads and being anxious to get home. This stress increases the need for a diet that supplies the body with what it needs. Whether or not you choose Ameritrans to provide you with long distance transport, remember that a diet rich in nutrients and protein is vital to recovery.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Long Distance Medical Transportation Checklist

We've made a very simple checklist and posted it to our site to give you some ideas on what to consider when planning a medical transport over long distance. It is located in several formats on our main site. The link in this post is to the .pdf file. Print it out and feel free to e-mail us at if you have any suggestions to help us improve the checklist.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Health News

We've added a health news feed to the page from Pueblo and HealthCare.Gov. Staying informed about recent health care news is paramount. The feed is automatically updated. Feel free to click the links and learn more.

Here To Help

Welcome to our new blog. We know that moving a loved one or a patient is a tough process. At Ameritrans we strive to provide you with the knowledge and insight to get it done. Whether or not you choose us we want to provide you with as much knowledge about our industry as possible. Keep checking with us for tips, news, articles, and even some pictures from the road.