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Medtec Ambulance Corporation is working on a "Action Safe" design that will try to make all of the controls and equipment within the reach of the seatbelted EMT/Medic. The future goal is to allow you to spend as much time as possible seated next to the patient and reduce the time when you have to be up and moving about the interior to turn on controls or find items, Ergonomic design, including dual controls on each side and slide out seats that slide closer to the cot. With your input it should allow them to keep the Medical professional safety belted as long as possible.

Anybody doing anything new to make your ambulance safer or more functional ? Please share what your service does, in case anyone is about to order a new truck in their new budget year:

My suggestions are primarily for the box:

1. No sharp corners or edges.

2. No cabinetry above the bench seat (head safety).

3. Place padding on the wall above the bench seat where your head would hit (usually only has a back cushion), if you do not have captains seats on that bench.

4. Three point seat belts in box.

5. Have atleast two ceiling lights that are moveable/directional so that you can move the light where you want it, instead of having to move to where the light is.

6. Make the ALS compartment big enough that you do not have to bust your knuckles to get an IV or drug box out of the cabinet.

7. Finally, when you install that tattletale squak-box, instead of having it make a sound when you drive poorly, have it deliver an electrical shock to the driver's seat.

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One thing I'd like to see considered in Ambulance design is limiting or eliminating all the little traps and crevices that are impossible to clean properly and provide breeding grounds for bacteria. With just a few rounded corners and screws that are inlaid and then covered we can start making our deep cleans more effective.

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One thing I'd like to see considered in Ambulance design is limiting or eliminating all the little traps and crevices that are impossible to clean properly and provide breeding grounds for bacteria. With just a few rounded corners and screws that are inlaid and then covered we can start making our deep cleans more effective.

Excellent suggestion. With concerns such as VRE, MRSA, C-Diff, etc., anything that improves decontamination practises is a good thing. It isn't just the hazards you can see with the naked eye in this job.

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