Restraining Wheelchairs Whilst Travelling
Travel isn’t very secure for wheelchair users without the proper safety equipment. That is why knowing how to properly restrain a wheelchair can help ensure a patient’s safety while traveling by ambulance. Using correct restraints and seatbelts will help keep patients safe and comfortable throughout their journey without the need to remove them from their wheelchairs. Our video shows in detail the correct way to secure a wheelchair into an ambulance. EMA’s private ambulance service staff have the skills and knowledge to stablise wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and extra-wide chairs in our private ambulances.
How to Secure a Wheelchair:
Several key steps ensure that you have safely fastened your patient into the ambulance. When making journeys to and from the hospital, providing people with the comfort and dignity they deserve is essential. Medical appointments can be a stressful time, depending on their nature. At EMA, we treat every patient with care and ensure they have everything they need for a smooth and pleasant journey.
Wheelchair users are greatly restricted in their movement, so it is more important than ever to provide them with the utmost care and attention. Positioning them in the ambulance can be tricky as you must ensure the wheelchair is securely in place on the tracks. Once this is complete, you can work on fixing the wheelchair.
Step 1 – Check all wheels of the wheelchair are in the correct position on the tracks. EMA ambulances use a Kollor system to secure their wheelchairs as this is a much safer way of traveling in the ambulance.
Step 2 – Two straps must be locked to the vehicle. Once these are in place, you can attach them to the front anchor points of the wheelchair. This must be completed on both the left and right sides.
Step 3 – This must then be repeated at the back of the wheelchair, locking the straps to the vehicle. Then attach the straps to the chair’s left and right anchors. Adjust each strap to ensure they are pulled taught and the wheelchair cannot move.
Step 4 – You must secure the patient with a seatbelt. The first seatbelt is attached to the vehicle and goes across the waist. Then a second seatbelt is fastened to the ambulance and placed diagonally across the patient’s body as a typical car seatbelt would be.
Step 5 – The final, most significant step is ensuring the patient is comfortable. Adjust the seatbelt under their collar to prevent it from rubbing on their neck or being uncomfortable in any way. Check all wheels are secure once more, and you are good to go.
Our Private Ambulance Service
We pride ourselves on our private ambulance service and the care our team members show our patients. Our ambulances provide a comfortable, safe, and enjoyable journey for patients with restricted mobility or needing additional care. We can provide transport to medical appointments and hospital admissions, ensuring the comfort, respect, and dignity of every single one of our patients. EMA wants to make these journeys as stress-free as possible. Our ambulances are specifically designed for a quieter experience so you can sit back and relax.
All ambulance vehicles are equipped with medical essentials such as oxygen masks and first aid kits. We want you to feel safe and looked after every step of the way.
Hire Your Patient Transport Today
Contact EMA today if you are looking for a private patient transport service to get you or a loved one to where they need to be. One of our friendly and helpful staff will be on hand to assist you in choosing the best possible form of transport. We can also help you to arrange our service around appointment dates and times, so you know you are getting a punctual and reliable service.