“Transportation is the center of the world! It is the glue of our daily lives. When it goes well, we don’t see it. When it goes wrong, it negatively colors our day, makes us feel angry and impotent, curtails our possibilities. “
~ Robin Chase

Whether you’re being rushed down the freeway in an ambulance after a tragic accident or being taken to an appointment in a van provided by your community or medical provider, Medical Transporters can hold your life in their hands. All over the world, people celebrate the International Day of Medical Transporters in recognition of those who are there to ease the way when your health is on the line.

History of International Day of Medical Transporters

The history of Medical Transportation can be traced back to World War I where Field Ambulances transported those in need of medical care to facilities where they could be treated. This innovation moved into hospitals in the form of Medical Orderlies, and into the community in the form of ambulances.

These intrepid souls would see their roles expand as time went by to include emergent care on the scene, assistance with surgery, handing out medication, and treating patients who are in isolation for their medical conditions.

As the healthcare industry expands, so does the number of Medical Transporters working in the field, and the roles they have continue to expand as different niche practices find ways to incorporate them into the daily flow of treatment. From the local Medi-Van that transports patients to appointments for things like dialysis to the ambulance driver administering care to stabilize you while you’re on the way to the hospital, these professionals take our lives in their hands every day.

How to celebrate International Day of Medical Transporters

If you work in the medical industry one of the best ways for you to celebrate International Day of Medical Transporters is by taking on their role for the day. Work side by side with them as they move patients around the hospital, ride along with them as they take patients to their various appointments, and serve in an ambulance or ride along to see what the life of a Medical Transporter is like! You may find yourself having a new respect for the men and women who spend their lives protecting your health by being there to take you where you need to go to get the treatment you need.

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Quick Facts

Dates
Every August 20th
Founded in
1914-1920
Founded by
RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps)
Hashtag
#DayofMedicalTransporters