NEWS SOURCE: BBC – Soft light, background music, pastels tone on the wall. Is it the back of an ambulance or a wellness centre?
Patients in the Danish capital will soon be taken to hospital with new special ambulances. The Copenaghen’s administration has invested for a “better and safer experience” and 79 ambulance will introduce a background music that includes nature sounds and soothing music, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) reports. The roll-out follows a successful trial in the North Jutland region with 17 vehicles which cost one million kroner ($145,000; £102,000) each, where some 70% of patients said they enjoyed the new experience, the Copenhagen Post says.
Creating a more relaxing environment, such as removing rattling implements, will reassure patients in life-threatening situations, especially if they face a long trip to the nearest hospital, North Jutland health official Soren Aagaard Christiansen said in an interview with DR last year.
The Capital Region’s new vehicles also boast electric-powered stretchers, which make it less taxing to lift patients into the ambulance. There are also seat belts for paramedics, making it easier for staff to work on patients while the vehicle is on the road. Speaking to DR, paramedic Jesper Friis said: “It allows continuous treatment as we drive the ambulance. We can use our time better on the way to the hospital and get qualified help.”