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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, October 31, 2011

American Medical Response (AMR) Implements New Cots

American Medical Response (AMR), the paramedic ambulance service provider of Santa Barbara County, has recently taken delivery of 22 new Stryker Power-Pro Cots.


This version of the Stryker Cot can be raised and lowered with the assistance of a battery powered hydraulic system, which can help reduce injury to emergency crews and ensure a safer transport for patients. The Stryker Power-Pro Cots are scheduled to be placed into service starting October 26, 2011.

“Back and leg injuries have long been a frequent cause of injury in EMS”, stated Dave Schierman, AMR’s Santa Barbara County Director of Operations. “In an effort to reduce or eliminate back and leg injuries, and improve patient safety and comfort, we made the decision to equip our ambulances with the new Stryker Power-Pro Cot”, Schierman continued.

Additional Stryker Power-Pro Cot Facts:

The hydraulics will also act as a shock absorber allowing a smoother ride over rough ground.

The mattress is sealed to provide a cleaner environment and is designed for greater patient comfort.

The cot operates on a 24 volt rechargeable battery, similar to one that is used in a cord-less drill.

This cot is built with new-age alloys allowing it to have a weight capacity of up to 750 pounds.

Though the Stryker cot is built stronger, the narrower design allows paramedic crews to fit through the same doorways and hallways as existing cots.

Additional space and brackets will allow the paramedics to mount a heart monitor and oxygen tanks for continuous use during patient transport to and from the ambulance.

AMR has been serving the emergency medical needs of Santa Barbara County residents and visitors for 40 years. The Santa Barbara operation employs over 140 emergency medical professionals, and treats 30,000 patients annually. The Stryker Power-Pro XT Cot will be available for demonstration upon request at AMR Station 8 at 3130 Skyway Drive, Suite 702 in Santa Maria. For more information or to schedule a demonstration, Contact Director of Operations, Dave Schierman at 805-896-8368

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