Increasing obesity in U.S. requires new ambulance equipment
CONCORD, New Hampshire: Calls from obese patients had increased nearly 25 percent in recent years, and the Fire Department could no longer handle them.
The department’s gurneys could not adequately support the patients’ weight, and the department had to pay a private ambulance company.
Last fall, the department bought three gurneys that can hold patients weighing up to 600 pounds, about twice the holding capacity of a regular stretcher.
Am I the only who finds this funny and sad at the same time?