Three Types Of Non-Emergency Medical Transport And Their Unique Purposes

Posted on: 15 January 2020

When you think of medical transport, you generally think of the emergency kind. This includes ambulances and helicopters to transport emergency patients to hospitals and to other facilities that are better suited to handle a patient's particular medical care needs like Level 1 trauma patients to a highly qualified trauma center. However, there are also non-emergency medical transports. There are three types, and each has its own distinct purpose.

Transportation for People with No Vehicles of Their Own, or Transportation for the Elderly

People who have never driven a car, who have stopped driving a car, and people who do not own a car still need to get to doctor's appointments. They need to be seen when they are sick or experiencing a health problem. That said, the first type of non-emergency transport is for those who are elderly and do not drive or for those without a car and need a lift. You can schedule a pickup and drop-off time with these companies so that you do not have to worry about getting a ride to and from your doctor's office or clinic. 

Transportation for the Disabled

This non-emergency transportation has hydraulic lifts built into the vans and/or low-dropping loading platforms for people in wheelchairs that need to get to a doctor. The drivers will help load anyone who is incapable of driving or moving his/her own wheelchair because of physical or cognitive limitations. If you are in a wheelchair, but you can help load yourself into the van, then the driver is just on standby to help if you get stuck. The vehicles are specially equipped with straps for restraining wheelchairs as well as seat belts that go all the way across one's chest and click into a strap on the floor of the van. For anyone who can walk but has cognitive impairments, there are seats in these vans where such passengers can buckle in and ride. 

Transportation for Blood, Body Organs, Etc.. 

This is a courier service for organic medical supplies. It is not considered an emergency to transport blood, body organs, tissue samples, etc., from one hospital, clinic, or research center to another, but special medical transport for such things is still required. These courier vans are equipped with refrigeration units and the ability to transport up to one complete cadaver if requested and ordered. This kind of transport service does not transport any living person beyond the driver and additional courier in the front seat. 

Speak to someone who provides non-emergency medical transport to learn more.