Our engine was called for a Rescue Nature Unknown. Upon arrival we found a large man lying in his bathtub/shower. A neighbor heard him calling for help and she called 911. The shower water, which was set on warm, was now running cold and the man was showing signs of hypothermia.
We placed the VETTER BELT on the man and helped him exit the tub. We then dried him off and
warmed him up.
He was very grateful because he knew he was helpless, in deep trouble,and couldn't get up.
Without the use of the VETTER BELT, the extrication of this man would have been difficult to say the least.
Our rescue truck was called for a Rescue Nature Unknown. We responded to the neighborhood rec center when the manager told us a large paraplegic woman was doing her daily morning swim. When it was time for her to exit the pool, the hydraulic lift chair, located in the corner of the pool had malfunctioned. We had her swim to the shallow end of the pool and two of us entered the water and placed the VETTER BELT on the woman. We lifted her up to two people on the pool deck and proceded to place her in her wheelchair located at poolside. Problem solved.
* These testimonials are all true events.
The names have been omitted to
protect their identity.
Our ambulance was called for a Sick Person.
Upon arrival we found a large man (250 lbs.) lying in bed in his upstairs bedroom. The patient stated he had been running a high fever for three days and was home alone and was suffering a lot,
so he decided to call 911.
After examining the patient we discovered he had cellulitis completely covering both of his legs from
his knees down to his toes, and he was probably septic.
The patient insisted he was capable of walking down the stairs unaided.
We placed the VETTER BELT on the man as a precaution. Not to our suprise, the man barely made it to the top of the stairs, because he was so weak.
Since he was unable to ambulate on his own, and with the VETTER BELT in place, we proceeded to carefully and securely carry him down the stairs.
Our Fire Engine was called for a
Mutual Aid Response to help another fire department north of our jurisdiction. Upon arrival we found a a semi truck on the shoulder of the interstate. We were told that a 400 pound man was located in the semi's sleeper cab. The sleeper cab did not have an exterior door and the man was showing signs of cardiac arrest.
We quickly put the VETTER BELT on the man and rigged a lowering system using ropes and pulleys.
We worked him between the front seats and lowered him to an ambulance gurney just outside the passenger door.
I do not recommend using the Vetter Belt for any type of technical rescue, however, due to the nature of the call and the size of the patient, we resorted
to use what we had on hand to
quickly extricate this large man.
Being the paramedic supervisor for our ambulance company I am responsible for many things, the most important is being responsible for the safety and well being of the hard working people
under my charge.
During any patient lift, the VETTER BELT
gives us something else to grab
onto other than the patient.
This feature of the VETTER BELT
helps prevent injury to ourselves.
And the patients who we used it on so far, are really happy with it. In fact, two days after we received the VETTER BELT, a woman we used it on was so happy she asked us to make sure and bring it
back if we needed to lift her again.
She was amazed by it.
I must admit, this is the the best piece of EMS equipment I have seen in the 12 years I have been a paramedic and we have added the VETTER BELT to all 21 or our ambulances.