Dinesh Mohan, Rajesh Patel and Mathew Varghese
The broad objective of this project was to develop design guidelines for an ambulance to suit the need of different hospitals of India with optimum features as per current international trends.
National and International literature on ambulance designs and latest trends in pre-hospital care system was compiled and studied. All available photographs and video clippings on ambulance design from advanced countries was studied
Visits was made to different hospitals of Delhi (four) and Indore (two) and ambulances in use was studied from the perspective of functionality, comfort, safety and aesthetic.
Tentative Design Guideline for the new Ambulance
Based on the information collected so far from different sources it was recommended to include following items in the new ambulance.
Three types of stretchers (to be developed)
Trolley type: More details on the same is being procured from the Indian manufacturer based at Madras
Scoop type: To be developed by us.
Foldable type: The most appropriate one to be selected from whatever available in the Indian market.
Portable medicine kit and a storage space for the same in ambulance: This will be developed once the list of all essential items/medicines to be kept inside is prepared by us. The final list will be ready by second week of October.
Provision of oxygen cylinder/s.
Adjustable hook strip for suspending IV fluid/blood bottles.
Lighting system with 1 or 2 lights on sides, 2 lights on rear for better illumination of work area at night. This can be a low cost strong selling feature of the new ambulance.
Flasher and siren system: It is advised to collect the information at your end about the different products available in the market at this stage, so that suitable products can be short listed before prototype making.
Seating arrangement for paramedics and patient’s relatives.
Add on Items
Invertor based power backup system.
Defibrillator unit for heart patients.
Communication equipments (two way radio?)
Foldable wheel chair
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