The Medtar company is paying $7000 more for bigger ambulances to handle bigger patient. Also they are also buying bigger stretchers as that will carry up to 650 pounds as the old ones maxed out at 500#. In recent news the FDA just lowered the weight limits required for Lap Band surgery too.
We all hear about the obesity problem in the US and well, with this story the reality of new equipment to handle heavier patients is right in front of your eyes. In addition to the new weight capacities, new features also come along with the stretchers and other items used in the ambulances. BD