Ambulance Gets A Lift From Pass It On Donation
During a tour of the Lake City Ambulance Service on October 18, Director Sara Rybarczyk (left in photo) and EMT Kevin Dather (right in photo) gave the Rev. David Badgley (middle) a demonstration of the Stryker brand Power Load Cot Fastener, a system that promotes safety by supporting the cot throughout the loading and unloading process.
In the photo the cot appears to be levitating as it extends from the back of the ambulance with no ground contact. In this position the cot will support 700 lbs. and is easily pushed into the vehicle along a track that guides and locks the cot into place.
Or, by pushing a power button, the wheeled frame beneath the cot will gently extend to the ground, allowing the cot to be disengaged from the ambulance and maneuvered to the patient.
The cot will securely accommodate patients of all sizes and is raised and lowered entirely with power assist.
While sitting on the cantilevered cot, Rev. Badgley presented a donation of $2000 from our Pass It On Thrift Shop towards installation of the Power Load Cot Fastener in the one Lake City ambulance not equipped with it.
The Lake City Ambulance Service purchased their first Power Load Cot Fastener system in 2018 with the purchase of the 2018 Ford F450 ambulance. The service then purchased an additional system for the Chevy ambulance acquired in 2013.
The service is currently fundraising to install the system in the third ambulance at a cost of about $20,000.
Rybarczyk explained, “We want all of our vehicles to be equally equipped to offer consistency in our patient service and EMT experience. Our third vehicle is due to be replaced in 2023, yet when the time comes, the Power Load Cot Fastener can be uninstalled from the old vehicle and installed in the new one.”
For first responders, the system reduces spinal load cumulative trauma injuries by eliminating the need to lift the patient and cot into the ambulance.
For patients, the system prevents fall and tipping risks by supporting the cot completely until all the wheels are on the ground.
According to Rybarczyk, “We were surprised by how much comfort and peace of mind the cot system brings to our patients. One patient reported feeling scared when being placed in the ambulance on the old cot because it required trusting people to do the lifting. With the new system, this is no longer a factor, no matter what the patient weighs.”
The system impressed Rev. Badgley. “When I saw the cot cantilevered out the back of the ambulance I was awestruck. It seemed to defy gravity,” he said.
Rybarczyk and Dather gave Rev. Badgley hands-on experience with the equipment.
Badgley reported, “They let me play the role of first responder and I used the system by myself to load and unload one of the paramedics. Then they let me play the role of patient as they used the system to load me into the ambulance.”
Rybarczyk’s pride shows when she demonstrates the Stryker equipment. “The ambulance service is proud to be able to deliver this level of comfort and safety to the citizens of our community,” she said.
After receiving the donation, Rybarczyk commented, “Please know that Pass It On and Reverend Badgley have made a very generous donation to the ambulance service that will help us to achieve our goal of having the Stryker Power Load Cot Fastener system in all of our ambulances.”
Rev. Badgley said that the shop’s donations have more than one purpose.
He explained, “When our shop makes financial donations, we use photos and news articles to highlight what our shop is doing, plus what our local services and non-profits are doing. We want people to see where they can make an impact with their own charitable contributions. I hope our donation towards the purchase of this equipment inspires others to donate to it as well.”