Not all ambulance stretchers are created equal, and it’s understandable that it can be confusing to choose which model best fits your response service needs. Two well-known brands in the field are Ferno and Stryker, and MFI Medical carries a variety of affordable and unique stretchers from both of these top-shelf labels. Today, we’re breaking down three of the most popular EMS stretchers from each brand, and giving you a comparison to help decide which one fits your needs. It’s a battle of the brands!
This stretcher is an H-frame construct that seamlessly raises and lowers the wheels as the stretcher enters or exits the ambulance. The legs can be raised or lowered into varying height positions, so responders can better attend to a patient. It can be maneuvered with one hand in tight spaces, thanks to the build of the drop frame. MFI carries used pre-owned models that have been certified to manufacturer standards.
This is one of Ferno’s absolute lightest cots available, with a weight capacity of 500 pounds (227 kg). In addition to its lightweight frame, the stretcher is also shock-absorbent and has a gas-assist backrest. During unloading, the stretcher features a safety U-bar and hook that pauses and stabilizes the stretcher as the legs are lowered. This ensures safe removal of the stretcher without sacrificing patient comfort.
The 35-X is an extremely stable cot, designed to greatly reduce the chances of tipping or flipping the cot. The attached EZ-Pull release handle allows responders to assume the weight of the cot while also reducing wrist strain. This stretcher can be adjusted to five different positions, depending on the needs of the patient and responders.
This is a stretcher that can accommodate both adults and children, even as young as infants. What is especially unique about Stryker cots are the power-assist features that often accompany them. The battery-powered hydraulic system helps raise and lower the legs of the cot quickly. This model is also available as a used stretcher, but is certified to manufacturer specifications.
The MX-PRO R3 adopts the rugged style of Stryker’s Power-PRO models, with the added benefits of over-sized wheels and pneumatic assistance. This includes the “BackSmart” design of the cot, which reduces the risk of back injuries during transfer. This cot also boasts a large patient surface area, safety bars, and cot fastener compatibility for a smoother ride.
When it comes to larger patients, the standard ambulance stretchers may not be sufficient. Stryker’s MX-PRO Bariatric Transport Cot features a wider surface area and wheel base. There’s a lower lifting bar, floor-mounted safety hook, and a pneumatically-assisted backrest. What’s most handy is the included push/pull handles that efficiently steer the cot while reducing operator strain. MFI Medical carries certified pre-owned models of the 6083 MX-PRO.
What About Accessories?
Ferno and Stryker are equal contenders when it comes to accessories for their top-notch ambulance stretchers. To get the most out of your chosen ambulance stretcher, consider the following accessories to outfit your unit:
- Mattresses (to replace worn or broken pads).
- Restraints for arms and body.
- Handles and bottle holders.
- Storage trays.
- Side handles.
We hope this quick comparison helped you make a decision when it comes to ambulance stretchers. If you ever have any questions, feel free to give us a call or hop into the chat at the bottom corner of the screen.
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