As an EMS professional, you know the danger that comes with emergency, prehospital care and transport. Over the past several years, the crashworthiness of an ambulance has been part of an ongoing industry conversation that is focused on safety and SAE Compliance.
"Emergency preparedness can be defined as preimpact activities that establish a state of readiness to respond to extreme events that could affect the community. It establishes organizational readiness to minimize the adverse impact of these events by means of active responses to protect the health and safety of individuals and the integrity and functioning of physical structures. As indicated in Chapter 3, emergency preparedness is achieved by planning, training, equipping, and exercising the emergency response organization." FEMA: Fundamentals of Emergency Management, Chapter 9 Excerpt
"The delivery of emergency medical services (EMS) is a key functional activity within the safety infrastructure of modern civilization. Responding to emergency incidents and the subsequent transport of injured victims to hospitals and similar health care facilities involve inherent risks. Of particular interest is motor vehicle crashes involving ambulances used for EMS. Understanding the magnitude and severity of this risk is essential to addressing the overall problem and formulating the necessary policy to address the problem." ~ Analysis of Ambulance Crash Data DOWNLOAD REPORT
REV Group, a $2+ billion manufacturer of industry-leading motor vehicle brands, and Ferno, the global leader in emergency pre-hospital patient handling equipment, are announcing the launch of a groundbreaking and innovative patient and crew-centric ambulance design. This design will allow EMS providers to experience improved patient & medic safety, operational flexibility, and system efficiency.
Why is the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America's (RESNA) Position Paper on the use of Evacuation Chairs having so much impact on the market? Researchers at the organization are focusing on other beneifts of the evacuation chair including one-person operation, which frees up other crew members to do more if necessary.
FORCE = MASS times ACCELERATION
An abrupt acceleration, imposed upon the human body by a collision between a person in motion and a stationary object, or by an object striking a stationary individual, can cause injury which may be fatal. source: The Oxford Companion to the Body 2001
Topics: SAE Compliance
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the need for paramedics during the decade between 2014 – 2024 is expected to grow 24 percent, faster than the average for other professions. One of the biggest obstacles to hiring has been a turnover rate reaching 20 percent in some parts of the U.S., according to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). As new paramedics are hired, a significant number leave. In 2011, the average tenure of a paramedic was 6.5 years cited Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. That number is decreased to four years according to family therapist Dr. Beverly J. Paschal.
Not much is said about the impact EMS professionals make on their community. I can assure you, it is not intentional. This past New Year's Eve, we launched the first of Ferno’s Annual Rolling Toast to EMS. Many of your friends reached out through social media in support.
Your cardiac patient is loaded into the ambulance. You are focused on his vital signs and assessing his condition. How fast and efficient can you be in less than 90 seconds? Are you seated and restrained? Is the cot locked in?
Every time an ambulance is taken, the world makes a collective shake of their head. And make no mistake, ambulances are stolen often and in every state in the U.S. But what motivates someone to get behind a wheel and take it for a “joy ride” as some press refer to it. Unfortunately, the first motivation are keys in the ignition. Several agencies are now implementing new security features and doling out keys to both crew members in an effort to get the ambulance locked and secured in route to a patient.