Transit Wheelchairs (Ambulance Chairs)
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What are transit wheelchairs?
Transit Wheelchairs are much different to manual wheelchairs. Sometimes called a transit chair. They are designed for occupied transportation, an attendant wheelchair, lightweight and easy-to-use. You’ll immediately notice they have smaller wheels (especially the rear wheels). But they are still designed to help transport a wheelchair user and are considered to be mobility equipment for anyone who suffers from mobility issues, a disability or injury.
They are primarily used to transport persons with reduced mobility across level surfaces to a clinic within a hospital, an area of a care home or even to a place of safety during an emergency.
Furthermore, they can be used to carry patients up or down the stairs by trained care workers.
What is the difference between a wheelchair and a transit wheelchair?
The easiest difference to spot is the size of the rear wheels 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.
What type of wheelchair is easiest to push?
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 due to their ease of use. Basically a modern version of the Ambulance chairs which have been in use for many years in hospitals and care homes. They are pushed by trained staff members, rather than relying on the strength of the person sitting inside.
How do you transport a wheelchair-bound person?
Essentially, the patient sits in the transit wheelchair, which is then pushed to the desired destination by a member of the care team. Whilst the frame is solid, comfort comes in the form of a comfortable padded seat, backrest, armrest, footrest/leg rest (some brands have removable footrests) and a seat belt.
Seat height is set at standard in order to fit most people. Easy transportation is the name of the game here.
They are a lot less cumbersome than a large folding wheelchair or a mobility scooter and Evacusafe even has a folding model for easy storage. Light to use, yet strong due to the frame being made from lightweight aluminium.
They really do provide easy transportation. So much are they easy to control that they do not require any cable brakes, parking brake, handbrakes or even attendant brakes. They are simply safe and easy to use.
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 lift capacity?
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.
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 .
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