There is no denying that it is a difficult time to be in a medical profession. Not only has COVID-19 caused a large increase in people struggling with underlying health conditions, but it has also made it more challenging than ever to collect and treat patients without putting them at risk. The new start-up company has allowed non-emergency situations to be handled with an on-demand ambulance system that has been supporting both patients and EMTs alike since its inception.
What is Ambulnz?
In the simplest terms, Ambulnz is ‘the Uber of EMTs’, offering a way for health professionals a way to send out road-ready ambulances by selecting the nearest vehicle to the target location. This not only skips the need for an ambulance to drive all the way from the hospital but also means that the ‘professional’ vehicles can be kept back to handle serious emergencies.
The system is also able to track the equipment and amount of EMTs connected to each vehicle, ensuring that the patient isn’t going to get a vehicle that they can’t use. Ambulance types covered with Ambulnz can be anything from a wheelchair transport to critical care transport. The majority are simple non-medical sedans and vans that are equipped to deal with day-to-day injuries.
Amulbnz employs over 1200 workers in multiple areas of the world, all of which help aid the goal of providing on-demand support and accessible medical assistance for those who would otherwise be pushed down a priority list.
Why would Ambulnz help patients?
While patients can technically get the same experience from both Ambulnz and non- Ambulnz vehicles, it helps to have the right kind of support in an emergency. An injured person who needs EMS assistance might be in a situation where a full life support vehicle is unnecessary, so sending out a fully-equipped emergency ambulance denies it to another patient that might need it. In countries where healthcare needs to be paid for by the patient, it can also stop them from paying extra purely due to the vehicle that they are sent.
At a basic level, Ambulnz makes it easier for EMS vehicles to be sent out at varying levels of emergency, keeping the most valuable equipment held back unless a patient explicitly needs it. This lowers healthcare costs, adds more ambulance options to the vehicle pools of most hospitals, and generally allows for faster and more reliable patient pickups.
Finally, in some instances, it makes it easier for people with minor injuries or illnesses to receive care faster. If a large number of emergencies occur at roughly the same time, normal EMT workers will usually prioritize serious conditions over anything else. With more vehicles out there to take care of less severe patient conditions, there is a much higher chance of the average person getting picked up even if they would normally be put at the very bottom of the priority list.
Why would Ambulnz help EMTs?
In our current climate, it can be difficult for any kind of medical worker to approach a patient safely, and risks that were previously just unpredictable can now be incredibly dangerous to weakened or older patients. For example, some areas of the world allow EMTs to transport multiple patients in a single ambulance if it is the most convenient way to get them the care that they need. With COVID-19, this suddenly became a serious problem.
By freeing up more ambulance options and taking inspiration from services like Lyft and Uber, Ambulnz has essentially created a fleet of vehicles that can be dispatched as needed to cover all kinds of low-level emergencies, completely removing them from the workflow of the average EMT. EMTs can focus on the situations that require proper medical expertise and highly specific equipment, while less serious emergencies can be handled for them by other people.
Finally, it avoids forcing the hospitals to spend more on equipment and vehicles: while the profits from an Ambulnz pickup wouldn’t go towards the hospital itself, it also means that they are not forced to shell out more money for extra vehicles that they would only use for minor situations. The extra money this saves could be instead used on more specially-equipped ambulances to provide EMS care for more extreme and life-threatening cases,