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Ambulances are able to take patients to a hospital very quickly, where they can receive the care they need. There are other types of medical transports that are able to take people to places they need to go for non-emergency needs. This can include a variety of places, such as doctor’s offices, work, and the grocery store. Additionally, there are multiple types of all these forms of medical transportation. Some of them have highly trained staff onboard to deal with a multitude of different health crises. Others don’t have highly trained staff on board, and the staff onboard are only able to deal with easy to treat health issues. There are other types of medical transports that are meant for those with disabilities, and the staff onboard are not that highly trained at all.

Ambulances take patients that are suffering from emergency medical problems to the hospital. They are able to take them there very quickly. These medical transportation units have the ability to weave in and out of traffic, run red lights, and drive much faster than the speed limit to get to the hospital. In fact, the ordinary rules of traffic do not apply to ambulances at all. All traffic has to yield to them, and this enables them to get to the hospital within minutes, or even less.

inside ambulanceWhile all ambulances have sirens and the ability to get to the hospital very quickly, ambulances vary in the level of training the staff onboard have. Some ambulances have staff that are extremely highly trained. They have a wide range of medical training known to them. These ambulances are called for individuals that are in very critical condition. These are typically the ambulances that are called to the scenes of accidents, where people are seriously injured. However, there is another type of ambulance. These ambulances have staff onboard that have lower levels of training. These ambulances are often called to the situations that are less immediately threatening. They also are able to get to the scene and to the hospital just as quickly, but the range of treatments onboard the ambulance are less.

Medical helicopters serve a similar function to ambulances. However, they are used in a different type of situation. Instead of being used to transport people by land, they transport people by air. Medical helicopters are used by those in remote areas. They also can be used by those suffering from extremely serious conditions that require exceptionally fast transportation to the hospital. Medical helicopters are often covered by insurance, but this is not always the case.