Just in from the Missouri Ambulance Meeting

July 13, 2014    |   By: Calevir

There was strong interest about ambulance design standards and safety at the MAA membership meeting last week.   Ron Thackery, AMR, Senior Vice President of Professional Services and Integration presented “National Ambulance Standards: What’s Ahead”.   Many EMS leaders wonder what the future holds as new design and safety standards will likely increase the cost of manufacturing.

Mr. Thackery’s discussion topics included:

  • National standards – do they exist for safety and what is their impact on EMS?
  • The differences between the GSA/KKK ambulance design standard, NFPA 1917 and CAAS GVS 2015.
  • Why so many EMTs/Medics do not currently wear seat belts in the back of an ambulance.
  • How you can improve the culture of safety in your organization.
  • Are bigger ambulances really better?
  • Now that you’ve seen powered cots and powered loading devices – what’s next on the horizon?
  • Do ergonomics matter in the back of the rig?

Terry Buddemeyer, Director for the Washington Area Ambulance District, commented about the presentation:   “The presentation was extremely helpful in understanding the different definitions that are being used in our industry… I also found the simulated crash information very concerning, in fact it would be good for our EMT’s and Paramedics to see what happens at a 30 mph crash.”

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