by Tom aka Rusty Rustbelt
Health Care Thoughts: Obesity Again
According to NBC News this week up to 5000 air ambulance flights (out of about 600,000 per year) are being cancelled because the patient is too large to fit in the copter and/or too heavy for safe flying.
Typically some of the medical specialists will transfer to a ground ambulance, but the transport takes more time.
Some cities are buying special ground ambulance equipment with capacity up to 1000 pounds.
Hospital and nursing home equipment safety rated at 400 pounds is inadequate.
Whatever the cause/s, this problem (no pun intended) is getting bigger by the day.