Improving Provider Safety with Cot Fastener System

“First, do no harm” is a maxim we’re all familiar with in EMS, but it applies equally to providers as well as patients


Safety is of paramount importance for EMS providers. “First, do no harm” is a maxim we’re all familiar with in EMS, but it applies equally to providers as well as patients. If you’re not taking care of yourself, you won’t be in any shape to take care of patients.

The Stryker Power-LOAD cot fastener system enables providers to do their job without putting undue strain on their bodies, keeping them fit for working in the field.

“We have always strived to stay on the leading edge of EMS,” says Kim Wolfe, owner/president Midwest Medical Transport Company/Midwest MedAir, Columbus, NE. “When we first heard of the Stryker Power-LOAD system we knew it would be the perfect addition to our fleet. What specifically drew us to it was overall safety, not only for the patient, but for our personnel as well.”

The Power-LOAD cot fastener system lifts and lowers the cot into and out of the ambulance, reducing spinal loads and the risk of cumulative trauma injuries. The Power-LOAD improves operator and patient safety by supporting the cot throughout the loading and unloading process. The reduction in spinal load helps prevent cumulative trauma injuries. The Power-LOAD system wirelessly communicates with Power-PRO cots for ease of operation and maximum operator convenience.

“The effectiveness in the field is unparalleled,” Wolfe says. “With bariatric patients you require additional personnel to load and unload the patients, taking resources out of service. With the Stryker Power-LOAD you eliminate the need for extra personnel since you’re able to lift up to 700 pounds with a single provider. This also helps prevent lifting injuries to personnel and proves to be more dignifying for the patient.

“Being the largest provider in our area, patient safety is top priority,” Wolfe continues. “This system is the safest mode of patient transportation from dispatch to destination. Combining patient comfort and provider safety, Stryker has created an EMS tool no service should be without.”

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