SAN JUAN – The secretary of the Department of Public Security (DSP), Pedro Janer and the commissioner of the Bureau of Medical Emergencies (NCEM), Guillermo Torruella announced on Wednesday, the acquisition of 18 ambulances that will be distributed around the island.
“As we face an unprecedented public health emergency, our priority is for staff to be able to work with the highest quality equipment, following the highest standards of safety and health, for themselves and for the patients who receive their services on a daily basis. Quality care and dignified treatment for each citizen is, without a doubt, a priority issue for us ”, explained Janer in written communication.
For her part, Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced, said that “at all times we have addressed each of the challenges so that pressing security issues are addressed with haste. The acquisition of these vehicles represents a step forward for the cases to continue to be processed with speed, efficiency and empathy ”.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner detailed that the vehicles, acquired at a total investment of 2,177,840 dollars from the 9-1-1 Emergency System Bureau for the distribution of funds for calls attended by the NCEM during 2018.
“In addition to specialized equipment such as cardiac monitors for the management of adult, pediatric and neonatal patients, these vehicles have a modern EPA air filter system, which provides greater security during the COVID-19 emergency for both our staff and for transported patients. I am sure that with these teams, the NCEM staff will continue to do a job of excellence, extending a helping hand to the Puerto Rican people in times of greatest difficulty, ”said Torruella.
Ford ambulances, model Transit, have a new Scoop EXL stretcher, designed for trauma patients. The surface of this stretcher is flatter and is more effective in immobilizing the patient. They also have an evacuation chair, which supports 500 pounds and is used to evict patients from high floors who cannot walk and places where the gurney is not accessible or have to go down stairs.
In addition, they have six-point seat belts in the rear cabin for greater safety of the personnel and their families who accompany them, as well as a fast track to secure the stretcher to the ambulance and prevent the stretcher from moving or running during the journey.
It also has a Pedi Mate, which is a safety equipment used to transport minors on the stretcher. It is a vest that is fixed to the stretcher so that the minor patient is insured without their parents having to lie down on the stretcher with the minor.
Finally, Torruella explained that the regions of Arecibo, Carolina and Ponce will receive three units, respectively, while Caguas, Humacao and Mayagüez will receive two each. Likewise, an ambulance will be delivered to the Aguadilla region, as well as to Fajardo and San Juan.