What Equipment can be Found in the Back of an Ambulance?

July 1, 2021 4:56 pm


Ambulances have come a long way since they first came about in Victorian Britain. Back then, they were a simple horse drawn carriage to carry the sickest of patients to their local hospital. Today however they are not only a lot faster, but also have a wealth of equipment on board which paramedics can use to keep someone alive on their trip to hospital, as well as treating people at the scene.

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An ambulance is in fact like a small hospital, containing an arsenal of life saving machinery that has to go through medical equipment calibration by someone like Medi-cal to keep it ever ready to respond to an emergency situation. Here are some of the things that you will find in the back of a modern ambulance…

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Spinal Trauma Board – These are used in the event of a possible spinal injury. This board contains straps to keep the patient perfectly still and your spine in a straight line whilst you are in the ambulance. They often will also use a head immobiliser too, to keep everything where it should be on the journey to hospital.


Ventilators – We have heard a lot about the use of ventilators in the past year and there is no doubt that they are a lifesaving piece of equipment. These are effective life support machines and have saved many lives – because timing is often of the essence in an emergency a ventilator in an ambulance can mean the difference between life and death.


Defibrillator – Something most of us will have seen on medical drama shows, a defibrillator is a vital piece of equipment for people who have suffered a heart attack. An ambulance having one of these means that the heart can be re-started before going into hospital, something that is a real lifesaver.