Stretcher transportation allows you or your loved one to safely travel from one location to another in a prone position. When hiring a company to provide this service, it’s important to thoroughly research your options. Asking these questions can help you find the right company for you.
What safety regulations do you have in place?
Safety is important. Workers should all be trained in the proper ways to lift and move patients on stretchers. They should also secure the stretcher in the vehicle and use extra precautions when driving to prevent the stretcher from tipping over. A good company has several policies in place to ensure this.
Do you require a reservation?
Some companies are available at a moment’s notice. This is the best solution for those who don’t know the exact date of release from the hospital. Others prefer you to give them notice at least 24 hours in advance. If you’re transporting from your home to the hospital for a procedure, making an advanced reservation would be the best solution for you.
Can you accommodate my loved one?
Certain situations require special accommodations, such as oxygen tanks or IV drips. While most stretcher transportation companies can handle this, they may need special equipment in the vehicle. Be sure to mention any of these special needs when you talk to the company.
How does the process work?
Make sure you understand everything about the company’s procedures. Most will require bedside-to-bedside transport, which means that they’ll expect to pick up the patient in his or her room rather than a waiting room area and finish by carrying the stretcher to the final destination. You should also learn whether the company expects payment up front. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you might have.
Will I ride with my loved one?
There’s not much extra space in the vehicle, so most companies require family to travel in a different vehicle. Occasionally, companies allow a parent to ride with a young child being transported on a stretcher. It’s important to ask ahead of time, though, because you don’t want any bad surprises the day of transport.
How much does stretcher transportation cost?
Naturally, everyone is concerned with financing the trip. The company should give you a full quote for the trip. Be sure that this includes any extra fees the company might charge for special requests. Your insurance provider may cover some or all of the fees. Call them to inquire about coverage.
When you know what to expect from a medical transportation company, you can make an informed decision about which company is right for you.