The Vision of No-lift NEMT
Our vision is for real people, our friends and family members, to experience a new level of comfort, mobility, and dignity when when being transported for routine medical purposes. Right now the vast majority of NEMT transports involve unnecessary equipment and procedures for non-emergency situations. The practice of vertically lifting patients from hospital beds onto gurneys or into wheelchairs alone introduces risk of drops, falls, and back injury to staff which is in most circumstances completely unnecessary with No-lift NEMT. Add the risk involved in traveling at high speeds in a vehicle (in nothing but a unsecured standard wheelchair) it becomes obvious that there must be a better way. Right now patients involved in even minor accidents can slip out of gurneys and wheelchairs and sustain significant injury or death–which could otherwise be avoided.
With specialized tools and techniques, our No-lift NEMT process changes the way caregivers can think about the transport of patients. With the Broda® Synthesis WC19 Transport Chair, specialized transfer boards, and other tools, facilities and transport companies can move patients more quickly and comfortably and with less staff. The chair’s ability to fully recline allows patients to be transferred laterally, without lifting, for a safer and more comfortable experience. 4-point restraints and tilt-in-space reclining keeps patients well-positioned and eliminates the risk of falling or slipping out of the wheelchair at any point of the transfer process. Securely mounted in a vehicle with a crash-tested restraint system, the WC19-certified and crash-tested Broda® Synthesis Transport wheelchair provides a new level of safety for passengers while in vehicle transport.
The vision of No-lift NEMT is also about efficiency. A transfer from a bed to a vehicle can take place in less than 7 minutes, respecting the time of both patients and caregivers. The No-lift NEMT process also allows ambulances to be replaced by mini-vans, permits a 350-pound patient to be easily moved from a bed to a chair and makes patients feel a long overdue level of respect in the methods used to transport them.