Paramedics get more support to move patients


Melbourne: New powered stretchers which will make moving patients safer and easier for paramedics will soon be fitted in all Ambulance Victoria vehicles.

Minister for Ambulance Services, Jill Hennessy, on Feb 17 unveiled the state-of-the-art new stretchers funded through the Labor Government’s $20 million commitment to upgrade ambulance vehicles and equipment.

“There is nothing more important that the health and safety of paramedics and patients – these new powered stretchers will make moving patients safer and easier for paramedics,” Hennessy said.

This will enable Ambulance Victoria to fast track the roll out of powered stretchers into the entire fleet of Victoria’s ambulances over the next two years.

The powered stretchers are set to replace the current manual stretchers, and will help improve occupational health and wellbeing of paramedics when lifting and unloading patients.

Manual handling injuries have accounted for close to 66 per cent of all injuries experienced by paramedics in the past three financial years.

Along with improved safety for paramedics, the new stretchers will also deliver a higher quality and more comfortable experience for patients. The Labor Government is working hard to rebuild our ambulance system after four years of crisis and neglect under the former Liberal Government.

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