International Day of Medical Transporters
annually on August 20th
International Day of Medical Transporters recognizes medical transporters, who provide a link between people and healthcare, and sometimes are the providers of healthcare themselves. Medical transporters may be ambulance drivers, who transport those involved in accidents or who have emergency medical conditions, or they may be drivers of medical vehicles who take patients to appointments. The history of medical transporters dates to World War I when field ambulance drivers in the Royal Army Medical Corps treated and transported soldiers in Europe. Medical transporters have continued to provide an essential role in healthcare since, and are recognized and celebrated today with the International Day of Medical Transporters!
How to Observe International Day of Medical Transporters
A few ways you could mark the day include:
- If you work in the medical transport field—especially if you are in a supervisory role—make sure the day is celebrated at your place of employment. Perhaps you could organize a party or honor medical transporters who have reached milestones in their years of service.
- Become an ambulance driver or medical vehicle driver.
- Job shadow a medical transporter.
- Thank any medical transporters you know.
- Learn CPR.
- Read Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, a novel which features World War I ambulance drivers.