Emergency strain eases

SAFER STRETCHERS: Paramedics Sandy Johnston and Alyce Yates load Donna Nankivell into an ambulance on the new Stryker stretcher. Picture: TODD LEWIS

SAFER STRETCHERS: Paramedics Sandy Johnston and Alyce Yates load Donna Nankivell into an ambulance on the new Stryker stretcher. Picture: TODD LEWIS

TECHNOLOGICALLY advanced stretchers being rolled out in ambulances across the region are expected to extend the careers of paramedics.

A total of 350 hydraulic-powered Stryker stretchers and vehicle loading systems are currently being rolled out in South Australia.

The new stretchers have increased manoeuvrability and the hydraulic loading system can raise, lower, and load patients into an ambulance with the touch of a button, which will improve patient and staff safety.

Limestone Coast Ambulance operations manager Andrew Thomas said the new stretchers were one of the most significant improvements in his time as a paramedic.

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