In 2012, researchers representing several top colleges and universities in the U.S. presented on the National Characteristics of Emergency Medical Services Reponses in the United States at the National Association of EMS Physicians.
The final report provided a baseline regarding the “breadth and diversity of EMS demand and care in the United States,” and laid the groundwork for some in the industry to take a look at processes, procedures and equipment used in the course of a call and what can be done to better serve the communities and patients as the U.S. population demographics begin to shift.
According to the report, “Despite its long history and current prominence in U.S. communities, only limited data describe the national characteristics of emergency medical services (EMS) care in the United States.”
Researchers sought to identify several key areas of EMS care including event time, location type, response mode, incident outcome and time intervals in addition to clinical impression, gender, race, ethnicity and insurance.
“A factor limiting the advancement of EMS is the paucity of scientific evidence supporting EMS care and practices,” was cited by researchers as a factor in the production of the paper.
Evidence is present. Ferno's engineers spend a significant amount of time in the field with paramedics in order to see for themselves how their products are working and potentially identify other kinds of equipment to support them.
Ferno was a young company in 1959 when Richard Ferneau and Elroy Bougraf filed for Patent US3039119 - Stretcher having recessed bed. The two men went on to earn more patents for the EMS industry and changing the way care is given to EMS patients.
For a description of the operation let it be assumed that the stretcher is to be used to pick up a reclining cardiac patient. The stretcher would be brought into a position adjoining the patient and side rails. he patient would be slid onto the bed formed by the seat panel and back panel , this reclined position the patient could be carried out to an ambulance and rolled in by means of the casters .
Excerpt Abstract submitted for Patent US3039119
For nearly 70 years, Ferno has continued its tradition of equipment development. More importantly, the company wants to moderize the workflow during transport. In the fall of 2016, Ferno launched the iN∫TRAXX™ Integrated Vehicle Component System, a modular system within the ambulance that features wall mounted tracks and SafePak™ supply bags. iN∫TRAXX replaces traditional cabinets with soft-sided, interchangeable storage components that secure equipment. The modules are easy to remove for clean-up and decontamination.
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The flexible, fully interchangeable iN∫TRAXX system secures loose equipment and supplies inside ambulances, allowing paramedics to deliver patient care from a seated, restrained position. This reduces the risk of death and injury during sudden impact, stops or hard maneuvers.
In an emergency, every second counts. The inside of an ambulance can be tense and chaotic as the driver races to the medical facility. Ferno found that managing workflow from a seated position can accelerate patient care.