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Ambulance Stretcher Placement
#1
Here's one for ya

One of the many many random thoughts that popped into my head today.

Why do the vast majority of ambulances have the stretcher placed on the drivers side??

Thinking about it I can't see a reason why. But have a few reasons why not....

For example in an ambo with a walkthrough the driver would be better able to see pt and crew mate if on passenger side through use of rearview mirror 

Ambos with tail lifts.....you're parked at the side of the road, to load the patient onto tail lift you need to bring them closer to traffic in order to do so.

Anyone any thoughts or reasons why theyre on the drivers side? Even in the states if they're not centre mounted they seem to favour putting them on drivers side of vehicle? Is it just one of those things that one or two manufacturers did it then everyone else followed suit as it "was just the way its done" or is there a reason??
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#2
I was always told it was because the road is higher that side.
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#3
I would guess it's traditional.

Problem in Ireland is that when you place your patient in the left lateral position they end up facing away from you, not a problem in the US.
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#4
General consensus is that the road is better in the centre....less pot holes etc
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#5
Left lateral only for maternity cases and the amount of time you need to do that would not be significant to have the cot on the other side
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#6
PS gave you the info earlier @EMTeabreak on the rational for offside stretcher placement in a vehicle
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(02-02-2015, 06:41 PM)Actual Paramedic Wrote: PS gave you the info earlier @EMTeabreak on the rational for offside stretcher placement in a vehicle
You sure did. Cheers for that
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#8
Maybe it's to do with the side door? Couldn't have the side door on same side as stretcher and could have the side door on the drivers side?

That and tradition? I'm sure there's some form of good reason!
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#9
Wasn't a side door until recently
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#10
(02-02-2015, 08:51 PM)wex-eire Wrote: Maybe it's to do with the side door? Couldn't have the side door on same side as stretcher and could have the side door on the drivers side?

That and tradition? I'm sure there's some form of good reason!
What AP told me about its the smoothest position in the road.....ie less pot holes etc seems to be the general consensus for the placement
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#11
In medicine you examine your patient from the right hand side. I had always assumed it was to do with that
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#12
(12-04-2015, 06:04 PM)antichrist Wrote: In medicine you examine your patient from the right hand side. I had always assumed it was to do with that

American ambulances are the opposite side, so examining from the left of the medic
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