Moving to a new residence out of state or having the need to be transported to a specialized medical facility that is a long distance away can be very traumatic on the elderly with medical issues. Stroke, heart disease, complications from diabetes, and dementia from Alzheimer’s disease and other causes may make riding in a regular family vehicle, even for short distances, difficult or impossible. Long distance patient transport by air is quick but also very costly, even for the most basic of services, and it may be frightening to some patients. Ground transport is much more affordable, but not all service providers are equal. ACC Medlink provides luxury long distance patient transport with a definite difference.
Families attempting to perform a medical transport of a loved one on their own may borrow a larger vehicle such as an SUV or minivan, hoping to make the trip without incident. Traffic delays and driver fatigue as well as discomfort and agitation of the person being transported can cause extreme amounts of stress and unnecessary risks. Other companies that provide non emergency medical transport across state line boundaries for elderly patients use refitted passenger vans or ambulances. That sounds like a better option, but those vehicles are often cramped with no room to stand up for the caregivers or patients. Plus, in some instances, it may be an elderly couple requiring relocation, and the old style of transport vehicle can only accommodate one patient at a time.
A new type of modern long distance patient transport vehicle is now available. It is based on the Mercedes Sprinter class series of motor vehicle that is the same type used to make Class B motorhomes, but in this case the vehicle is outfitted to be a state-of-the-art long distance ground ambulance service vehicle. Sprinter vans have room so people can stand up in them. They provide full standing room for patients and personnel up to 6 feet 6 inches in height. This allows for safe, efficient and comfortable toileting, cleaning and re-positioning of non-ambulatory medical transport patients.
The available interior square footage of a Mercedes Sprinter outfitted to be a long distance ground ambulance service vehicle permits ACC Medlink to provide superior comfort and care to patients who are being transported long distances across state lines. Mercedes vehicles are known for their comfortable ride, and the Sprinter van class is no exception. It even has a quiet running BlueTEC diesel engine to control emissions. This Mercedes vehicle class drives like a car, but it has heavy duty commercial abilities, making it the perfect choice for a new generation of patient transport vehicles.
ACC Medlink proudly displays both images and video of transport vehicles interiors while competitors do not. The Mercedes patient transport vehicles are equipped with not one but three beds. The main beds are not uncomfortable gurneys with thin mattresses that are found in ambulances and competitor transport vehicles. These beds provide superior comfort by using full eight inch viscoelastic memory foam. The interior also has leather captain’s chairs with armrests as well as a flat screen HD-TV and DVD player. A very notable difference is the ability for occupants to stand completely upright. Personnel who do not have to attempt transfers to bedside toileting or re-positioning make trips safer for everyone. The Mercedes engineering of the vehicle provides for a safer and more comfortable ride. Though the engine is powered by diesel fuel, it is exceptionally quiet to provide a low-noise interior for a much more relaxing trip, and the side windows let patients look out without being able to be seen.
The room inside of ACC Medlink’s ground transport vehicles allow two drivers and a nurse to accompany patients on a long distance transport trip. This permits travel to the destination to continue when one driver is fatigued and has to rest. A very long distance trip may require a stay at a hotel or motel for a single driver transport, or a two driver transport may lack patient care services due to no room for additional medical personnel. ACCMedlink is also very unique in that not only family members are permitted to go along but pets too. This is especially important to elderly couples being transported to new living facilities as well as patients or pets who may have separation anxiety. Family members can rest in one of the other two available memory foam mattress beds, and complimentary meals, snacks and beverages are provided.
Unlike converted motorhomes or ambulances with aftermarket constructed passenger spaces, the Sprinter vehicle is engineered and factory-designed by Mercedes. Other transport vehicles may have serious structural integrity concerns due to the aftermarket structures added to the chassis being exempt from the need to meet collision testing standards, and they may not be DOT approved or properly insurable. ACC Medlink maintains a large fleet of Mercedes vehicles that are routinely maintained in top operating condition as well as being insured beyond any minimum Federal requirements. Also, all Department of Transportation safety requirements are exceeded.
ACC Medlink is the clear choice for long distance medical ground transport for elderly loved ones. ACC Medlink is far ahead of competitors in providing the combination of a comfortable ride with memory foam beds, room to stand, and two drivers and one nurse. The ability for family members and pets to join in the ride along with complimentary food and beverages in a safe and reliable Mercedes vehicle makes it the ultimate choice. Medical transport can be stressful to patients, pets, and family. ACC Medlink makes the trip the best it possibly can be.
When choosing a medical transport service provider, you must ensure to choose one that not only focuses on getting you to your destination, but also prioritizes using the safest, most conducive, and most efficient sets of vehicle fleets and equipment to do the job.
ACC Medlink appeared on the TLC television network reality show “1000 LB Sisters” to transport one of the cast members from Ohio to a doctor in Kentucky. Filmed in late 2022, ACC Medlink, four of its employees and the journey they took with Tammy Slaton were featured in episode 6 of season 4, which originally aired on February 21, 2023.
ACC Medlink is proud to announce the addition of a new line of elite medical sprinter vans to our long distance medical transport fleet. This addition will allow ACC Medlink to continue to provide superior service and outstanding care for those in need of medical transport out of state...