New ambulances arrive at UMMC

Staff Writer

The University of Mississippi Medical Center Grenada’s advanced ambulance service just got a major technology boost.

Joining the fleet are three state-of-the-art vehicles “that will allow us to do a lot of things we couldn’t do before,” said Edwin Mitchell, UMMC Grenada’s manager of emergency transport.

Among the new features are an advanced suspension system that provides a better ride for patients, especially those who have experienced serious injuries.

“It helps prevent further trauma in transport,” Mitchell said.

The new vehicles also have a patient- and staff-friendly power loading system. “The stretchers are loaded from the ground to the truck and back out,” Mitchell said. “This greatly decreases the chance of injuries to patients and staff, and it increases safety for the patient by always keeping the stretcher in the transport position.”

Ambulances usually are designed for effective transport, but the new vehicles combine that and other features to provide a much better patient experience, said Dr. Damon Darsey, assistant professor of emergency medicine and medical director of the Mississippi Center for Emergency Services housed at UMMC.

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