Tuesday, 19 February 2008

super-size me - and my ambulance

Obesity is increasing! One not so little indication of this is that the state of New South Wales is doubling (from 3 to 6) its fleet of "mega-lift ambulances", which are designed to carry people weighing more than 180 kgs and too large to fit in a normal ambulance.

It is estimated that the economic cost of obesity to the Australian health system is about $873 million per year.

Read the Sydney Morning Herald report here.

1 comment:

  1. That does sound extreme. I honestly never thought about the ability of an ambulance to carry a very obese person, but I am surprised that they can't. I can see that it is a serious health problem, but thank heavens they have made accommodations for these people to get emergency services.


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