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New equipment allows EMS to lift, transport heavier patients

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As EMTs encounter more obese patients, upgrades will allow easier transport and prevent injuries

Staff Report

A local EMS service is helping their employees help others by literally taking a burden off their backs.

Galax-Grayson Emergency Medical Services (GGEMS), which serves Galax, Grayson County and the surrounding area, has recently purchased and implemented both the Stryker XPS bariatric EMS cot for the treatment of the obese, with a 700 lb. capacity; and the Transafe ramp and winch system, capable of lifting up to 2,700 lbs.

This makes GGEMS the area’s only EMS bariatric transport provider of the morbidly obese.


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