Many strides have been made to assist HIV-positive individuals in living longer and healthier lives. However, such progress has only been made possible through effective global efforts toward effective treatments, awareness, prevention and availability to HIV testing. For more than 30 years, residents of northern Alabama both with and without HIV have had the ability to thrive thanks to the efforts of a multifaceted group known today as Thrive Alabama. This innovative and proactive community organization primarily relies on volunteers, private donations and government grants to provide an array of valuable services and has since its inception as the AIDS Action Coalition in 1988.
Emergency rooms handle a wide range of medical problems, from minor injuries to major illnesses. Although some individuals in the ER end up being hospitalized, others are treated and released. The use of mobile medical vehicles that are equipped to handle non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries has shown promise in reducing the number of emergency room visits while ensuring that individuals get the medical help they need.
The 2018 hurricane season officially began on June 1, and we have already seen two named storms. Tropical Storm Alberto brought flooding and mudslides to many areas of the southeastern U.S. in late May, and Tropical Storm Beryl formed in the Atlantic in early July. After a devastating series of storms ravaged Texas, Florida, the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands in 2017, nerves are a little on edge as to what to expect for this year.
Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink? This isn’t just a line from a famous poem; it’s a serious public health threat that arises during every flood. From contaminating the water supply to creating electrical dangers to denying access to food and medical care, floods put everyone at risk. Emergency authorities depend on disaster recovery vehicles to minimize these risks and protect the public.
Some might think that being the son of a David Ayres — a legendary pioneer of the recreational vehicle (RV) industry — gave Daniel Ayres a boost in the industry. And they’d be right, but not for the reasons that likely come to mind. Daniel’s father was a strong motivating force in his life who taught him the value of hard work, reverence for the Lord and, of course, everything he knew about the family business. His father and two partners grew the business from 1956 until the late 1990's into three successful dealerships across Texas, so there certainly was plenty for Daniel to learn.
Imagine the benefits of self-containment in a mobile medical vehicle. In many areas of the world, this type of vehicle can change and save lives. Mobile medical vehicles are able to move into some of the most diverse and difficult areas where medical care is significantly lacking. Yet, traditional systems can pose a risk for contamination. If a single person with a life-threatening virus enters a space like this, it can potentially be difficult to eliminate the risk for the next patient. Yet, with the help of self-containment, this no longer is a concern. There’s a solution here capable of protecting the lives of many.
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The Rose reduces deaths from breast cancer by providing access to screening, diagnostics and treatment services to any woman regardless of her ability to pay. The Rose addresses any barrier that might keep a woman from caring for her own needs.
In Texas, 2.2 million women have no health insurance — the highest rate of uninsured women in the country. Breast cancer is 98 percent curable when detected early, but women aren’t getting the mammograms they need for better chances of survival due to lack of access to care and insured status. Those living in rural towns face even greater challenges seeking medical treatment and diagnosis.
Having access to high-quality and comprehensive healthcare offers those who can take advantage of it a number of advantages. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion's "Healthy People" initiative, people who have medical care have better health, a reduction in unnecessary disability and an increase in both the prevention of diseases and their effective management. The agency also recognizes several barriers that can reduce access to health services including an inability to obtain preventative services and a delay in receiving appropriate medical care.
In an emergency situation, it is vital that your organization has everything necessary within arm’s reach. This is the purpose of mobile command vehicles. A command vehicle for your emergency medical team, a police squad, fire department or SWAT unit enables your group to carry much-needed supplies and capabilities into the field. Learn more about the versatility of mobile command vehicles as you consider the addition of this equipment to your organizational fleet.
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Technology has transformed our society into a fast-paced and highly connected world. Thanks to technologies and innovations, our mobile medical vehicles are better equipped to provide life-saving services. From ensuring clean water to reducing idling and in-car emergency vehicle alerts, medical vehicles of today are light years ahead of those from a decade ago. If you are considering how you can implement the latest technology and equipment into your customized mobile medical vehicle, check out these trends.