February 17, 2011

Confusing Convalescence

Does anyone know what a convalescent ambulance is?

I sat behind one in traffic yesterday for about 20 minutes and awkwardly had a staring contest with the guy in the back who was facing backwards out the window.

I tried to look up the definition of one on the Internet but didn't find a clear answer.

I know it's not like a regular ambulance because it was more like a conversion van. There were no lights flashing and they did not appear in a hurry.

I know there was a patient in there because he was on a stretcher facing backwards. But he was also having a lively conversation with the man next to him.

And I know this man next to him was not an EMT because he was wearing an offensive paisley shirt.

None of this adds up. What the hell is a convalescent ambulance?
*And to make matters even more confusing, I couldn't find a picture of one online!


  1. http://i.ytimg.com/vi/iqG89zJCSxY/0.jpg Is this what you saw? A convalescent ambulance is an ambulance typically used to transfer patients from nursing homes or one hospital to another hospital for specialty treatment and/or specialty surgery. Let's say you are in a crash in Raleigh. You would probably be taken first to Wake Med. If you are required to stay in the hospital for more than a week or so you maybe transfer to UNC since it is closer to your home (and where you pay your taxes). They would use a convalescent ambulance to transport you since they use less fuel and it leaves the larger, more equipped ambulances free for emergencies. Convalescent ambulances are usually owned by a private company. Just like regular ambulances, you may bring one civilian with you to keeep you company if there is room. Hope this helps!

  2. Thank you for the information Anonymous! That clears things up a lot.