Health care transportation services that shuttle patients to doctors' appointments and other destinations include Managed Medical Transport, Crothall Healthcare, MedCoach Transport and GoodFaith Medical Transportation Co., Inc. Patient transportation services provide non-emergency transportation to persons who are medically stable but in need of light medical assistance during the ride. Motorized patient transportation services are sometimes used as an alternative to an air ambulance.
Patient transportation services such as Managed Medical Transport and MedCoach Transport provide services to patients nationwide, and Crothall Healthcare services numerous hospitals. Each service uses a team of professionals, and drivers are carefully screened for safety. Trained staff are available to assist patients in and out of the vehicles, and experienced nurses are provided when needed. Patient transportation staff must be mindful of conditions such as bone fractures, cancer, dementia and spinal injuries as they assist patients. Staff must also adhere to patient privacy laws and keep the patients' private belongings safe.
Patient transportation services are convenient for people who don't drive but must get to medical facilities for urgent treatments. For instance, patients needing dialysis treatment can be transported nonstop from home to the hospital. GoodFaith Medical Transportation Co., Inc., has vehicles with hydraulic lifters, which are useful for lifting wheelchairs. Drivers at some companies are required to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid.