EMSA announced Friday that their newly-acquired HoverMatt will make transferring immobile patients safer for the patients and easier for the medics.
Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) said it was the first emergency medical service in Oklahoma to offer this HoverMatt air-transfer system.
The HoverMatt uses air to float the mattress and the patient from virtually any position so caregivers can safely transfer patients without lifting or straining.
EMSA said the device meets legislative guidelines for safe patient handling and reduces skin shearing and bruising for the patient's comfort and safety.
"We are very excited to have this new technology at our disposal," said EMSA President Stephen Williamson. "Patient safety is always our number-one concern, and the HoverMatt will greatly improve our ability to handle difficult patient positioning and weight with the greatest care."
In addition to helping with the safe transfer process, the HoverMatt will allow medics to glide patients up or down stairs, through doorways, and across uneven surfaces by shooting air from the bottom of the mat that helps support the weight of the mat and patient.