Transit Chairs (Ambulance Chairs)
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What are Transit Chairs?
Transit chairs are primarily used to transport persons with reduced mobility across level surfaces to a place of safety. They are very easy to manoeuvre due to the design of the wheels. They are used by many health professionals on a day-to-day basis.
Essentially, they are a modern version of a Patient Transport Wheelchair used by most Hospitals and Ambulance services to move mobility-impaired patients. They are used to push patients from one location to another. Furthermore, they can be used to carry patients up or down the stairs by trained care workers.
Transit Wheelchairs is another common term for this type of equipment and they enable elderly and disabled users to be moved between different locations both quickly and easily by their carers. Another term often used to describe these is a ‘carry chair’ or ‘transit wheelchair’. At Evacusafe we ALWAYS call them Transit Chairs and have done so since day one. We also ensure that we provide the best quality product whilst keeping the price down as low as possible.
Where are transit chairs used for?
Hospitals, care homes and other emergency services around the world use transit chairs on a daily basis, as well as some organisations who want to comply with current legislation and feel that this solution fits them best. We still find that some people refer to them as transit wheelchairs, which is an older-fashioned name.
In short, transit chairs are used to transport patients, whether disabled or elderly around places such as care homes and clinics. Usually along flat floors.
Transit chairs are popular because they move easily and have a lift capacity of up to 110kg, which allows for most average-weight people. Other specialist solutions are available for people of a heavier weight, such as bariatric patients.
One area they can be found is in basement areas to help support evacuation upstairs to ground level. This is particularly useful if there is no lift that can be used safely in an emergency.
Carrying a patient up or downstairs
Whilst this equipment can be used to manually lift people up or downstairs, you do need to consider that it will require physical effort to safely lift a patient in this manner. This is best achieved by 2, 3 or even 4 people working as a team, dependant on the person who is being moved/evacuated. Because of the lifting and manual handling involved, it is recommended that full Risk Assessment and PEEP should be carried out at your premises.
A tracked stairchair may be better suited if the main use would be for the purpose of evacuation. Any member of our team will be able to advise on the most suitable solution for your situation.
What is the difference between a wheelchair and a transport chair?
The easiest difference to spot is the wheel size which standard wheelchairs use. A transit chair has much smaller wheels. The large wheels on a wheelchair are designed to enable the occupant to self-propel and therefore not require any additional help to move about. Whilst these models Evacusafe sell have much smaller wheels and are designed to be pushed from behind by a second person. For people who are always required to have another person help to them around, a transit chair would be more suitable. Sometimes these are also referred to as a transit wheelchair.
Other types of equipment available
You may want to consider our Tracked Evacuation Chair, which are specially designed with stairway evacuations in mind and can be manoeuvred by just one person. We currently offer two versions: the standard model and the excel model, both are excellent products. Details of other products and services we offer can be seen on our homepage.