It is a said proverb we all might have heard “History repeats itself”. Well, this topic is also somehow related with this proverb. Everyone might be aware of the fact or concept of a Motorcycle Ambulance Service but everyone might surely not be aware of the fact that it is not the newest concept. In fact, it is a concept that was first use during World War I by Britishers, French and Americans.
However, they all used to utilize the motorcycle differently as an ambulance. For instance, the Americans attached two stretchers placed one on top of the other. However, French ambulance attached a sidecar to it which could take a single patient, who could easily lie down in it. On the other hand, the British Red Cross Society also used a sidecar like US version but the only difference was that they used an 8bph (6Kw) NUT motorcycle with a double decker which could carry two patients at a time.
During testing phase, it was found that motorcycle ambulance is cost effective and fuel efficient compare to car ambulance. Moreover, they found more feasible, lighter in weight. Hence they were less likely to get stuck and can easily move out than a large vehicle.
Furthermore, the sidecar ambulances were also used in 1915 in Redondo Beach. California which used to be position at the beach resort so that they could quickly reach the drowning victims. Prior to that in 1912, Motorcycle Ambulances were being used by the Knightsbridge Animal Hospital and Institute, London to transport dogs. As the transportation of animals in motorcycle ambulances continued till 1937 by Maryland Humane Society.
Motorcycle Ambulance Benefits
Everything that gives us benefit might oppose to its benefits as well. In short, everything has pros and cons. Thinking about the concept of a motorcycle ambulance, it might create a myopic thought of an uncomfortable means of helping patients. However, if we broaden up our minds and think of the bright side it will surely bring out an optimistic sketch.
- The primary thing a Motorcycle Ambulance can do for a patient is that it would begin the treatment sooner rather than later.
- Secondly, running a Motorcycle Ambulance is way less costly than a car ambulance in many aspects.
- It is cheap and easily maintainable.
- Motorcycle Ambulance is lower in fuel consumption.
- It is lighter in weight and can be easily pushed out when stuck in heavy traffic.
- Motorcycle Ambulance are able to provide benefits in referral time
- Its reduces mortality and morbidity and encourages greater uptake of medical services.
- Motorcycle Ambulance can be useful in case of an emergency in an off-road area such as parks or hiking trails etc.. As a motorcycle can easily bypass anti-vehicle pillars, travel down to narrow paths and access docks and bridges incapable of supporting the weight of a car ambulance. However, this will reduce the wait time of the patient as well
- Using the Motorcycle Ambulance Service will increase the patient survivability.
Motorcycle Ambulance Specifications
There are some questions that might come in everyone’s mind when hearing about this trend. For example, what would be the specifications of such motorcycle? Would it be specifically designed for this purpose? Would it be a different one? Well, motorcycles can be used as an ambulance must be tough, versatile, reliable. Well priced and require a powerful engine, which is powerful enough to pull the additional weight of the sidecar. This is why 4 stroke engine motorcycles are most likely used as motorcycle ambulances. Moreover, when choosing a motorcycle for ambulance service. The vehicle should be capable of traveling safely at maximum speed even on rough roads. Furthermore, these motorcycles are more likely to be fuel efficient and cost effective.
Motorcycle Ambulance Worldwide
The concept of the Motorcycle Ambulance is spreading its roots worldwide being a useful source. The countries that are providing this service to their citizens are as follows:
- Hong Kong
- South Africa
- Southern Sudan
- United Kingdom
- United States
Motorcycle Ambulance in Pakistan
Pakistan has not been the turtle in the race anymore and is also ready to go with the flow. Like all other countries who are providing their citizens with an ease of a motorbike ambulance service. Pakistan is also working ahead for its citizens.
According to the recent updates from different sources, that the Motorcycle Ambulance has been launch in major cities of Punjab. The streets of the major cities across Punjab are quite narrow and congested and hence it results in a delay to provide emergency aid to the patients. Fortunately, The Government of Punjab was kind enough to understand the sensitivity of the situation and introduced quick motorbike emergency services in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, D.G Khan, Sargodha, and Sahiwal. However, the car ambulance would still be there following the bikes up to the main roads to further receiving the victims and shift them to hospitals concerned.
The concept of Motorcycle Ambulance in Pakistan will help in bringing a positive change in the country. It will increase the survivability and decrease the mortality. The citizens will be safe as they will be getting instant help in the meantime. The waiting time period for the injured traumatized victims will help to reduce. All this will surely be an optimistic outcome for our country.