Episode #3: Pram Operations

Other Helpful Tips

Proper Lifting

  • Straighten your back
  • Bend at your knees
  • Keep your arms close to your body
  • Lift with your legs
  • COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR PARTNER

One Operator Review

  • There is a red lever on the side of the pram that will release the wheels allowing one person to raise or lower the pram.
    • This function is NOT to be used with a patient on the pram for any reason!
  • You can also load an empty pram with one person in the ambulance.
    • Lift the pram, making sure the wheels are off the ground; doing this allows the wheels to unlock.
    • Using the wheels on the ground, lower the pram to the level of the wheels, and then release the red lever. This will lock the pram in the lowest position.
    • Lift the empty pram, and slide it into the patient compartment.
    • Lock it in place.

Patient Safety Pearls

  • Always be aware of your surroundings while moving.
    • Watch for anything that can catch your pram’s wheels; i.e. rocks, uneven pavement, dirt, or your partner’s size 15 boots.
  • Don’t push the pram sideways; much higher likelihood of tipping it.
  • Let your center of gravity work for you.
    • Don’t elevate the pram higher than it has to go.
  • Keep a hand on the pram at all times!

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