Daily Checklist for Inspecting Patient Transport Equipment

MAINTENANCE MEMO by Ted Watkins

There is nothing in your emergency vehicle that gets used more than your patient transport equipment – be it a cot, stair chair, or other transport pieces. You depend on your vehicle to always be in a ready state. The same is true with the patient transporters.

 

Spend a few minutes going over your equipment before you begin your day

Regular inspections will help to ensure the patient transport devices are ready and able to perform when needed. Here’s a checklist to guide you:

  • Regular inspections will help to ensure the patient transport devices are ready and able to perform when needed. Here’s a checklist to guide you:Check that the equipment cycles as intended.
  • Check that the components are intact and operating properly.
  • Check that the unit rolls smoothly.
  • Look at the accessories, making sure they are present and in good working order.

If you find anything that does not operate or look proper, report it.


A little time at the beginning of your shift can ensure your equipment is up to the task that your job demands.

 

Ted Watkins showing how to service a Ferno cot As the Manager of Service and Training for Ferno, Ted Watkins educates caregivers and service technicians on proper service and repair of Ferno equipment. You can reach him at t.watkins@ferno.com