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Mobility Assistance Vehicle Technician

Thousands of people throughout New Jersey require medical transportation to and from their medically necessary appointments.  Some of those persons are bed bound and must be transported by ambulance; however, the vast majority need to be transported by Mobility Assistance Vehicle (MAV).  An MAV is a van that is specifically designed to transport patients with physical deficits that do not require an ambulance.  Many of these patients are wheelchair bound.  Others need assistance for a variety of reasons.

The MAV-T Training Course is designed to introduce the new MAV Technician to the field of medical transportation.  Some of the types of patients that are transported are discussed.  The skills that are necessary to safely maneuver a wheelchair around various obstacles, up and down stairs and curbs, etc. are taught.  Some of the course will take place inside an actual Mobility Assistance Vehicle, where each student is required to learn how to safely get a patient in and out of the vehicle and how to properly secure the patient and wheelchair inside the vehicle.

This one-day course is designed to provide the student with information about how to safely provide service to persons who require Mobility Assistance Vehicle services.  However, the course does not take the place of on-the-job training from a qualified trainer.  For most students, this course is that person's first exposure to this specialized information and skills.  However, following the course, the student should also gain experience as that student works in the field with an experienced MAV-T.  In addition, before going into the field, each student is required to attend a course on Bloodborne Pathogens which is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) , as well as a course on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Why this training?  Receiving this training and having a proper orientation period with an experienced MAV-T provides the safest possible environment for the patient and the MAV Technician.  In most cases, the MAV Technician works alone in a Wheelchair Coach (MAV) on a daily basis.  The likelihood of injury of either the patient or the MAV-T is greater.  Such training can reduce the risk to both the patient and the MAV-T.  In addition, the patient is trusting the MAV-T to get them to their scheduled appointments and return them without compounding their medical and/or physical problems.1

Transporting patients safely and professionally to and from their medically necessary appointments is uppermost in the minds of most of those companies that provide Mobility Assistance Services to their community.

To Request more information on either or both of these courses, please click on the link below.  NOTE:  a new window will popup so that you can request the information.  Once you have completed all of the spaces and submitted the information, you can close the window and you will return to this page.

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     1     From The Mobility Assistance Vehicle Technician:  A Guide to Medical Transport, by Charles Appel, Edward Pape, Roger Pineo, Martin Pollio, Daniel Snell; 2000, Medical Transport Training Solutions.


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