Supersized ambulance hits the road in Vegas

Friday, April 21 2006 @ 05:04 PM EDT

Contributed by: Billy

And on the complete opposite of the weight spectrum, a Las Vegas company is putting new extra-large ambulances into service. I wonder if it's got anything to do with the worlds largest buffet hosted at the Las Vegas Hilton?

From: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12069611/

LAS VEGAS - A Las Vegas company is putting a new extra-large ambulance into service to handle extra-large patients. American Medical Response calls the $250,000 rig its bariatric unit. It bought it at the request of the Clark County Fire Department.

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Source: The Associated Press

The vehicle looks like a regular ambulance, but it’s extra-wide, and has a larger gurney, a winch and ramps capable of loading up to 1,600 pounds.

A company official said that in the last six months, AMR has handled 75 calls involving patients that weighed more than 600 pounds.

He said moving someone that large in a regular ambulance poses safety problems for the patient — and for paramedics and ambulance crew members.

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