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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17443

Title: Examining the Layout and Organization of the Air Ambulance Patient Care Environment to Improve the Workflow of Paramedics and the Safety of Patients
Authors: Seary, Judith A.
Advisor: Easty, Anthony
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Keywords: pre-hospital
air ambulance
paramedic
patient safety
human factors
Issue Date: 14-Jul-2009
Abstract: The purpose of this research was to examine physical layout and organization of equipment as it pertained to patient care in rotor-wing air ambulances. The qualitative approach included observations, interviews, surveys and incident report reviews; and involved paramedics, educators, engineers and physicians affiliated with Ornge Transport Medicine. Findings showed that there is inconsistent placement of equipment within and between bases. A standardized approach to storing equipment, including labelling, could improve readiness for a call by assisting paramedics in ensuring equipment is properly stocked. It was also found that the layout of the patient care compartment was not optimal for some tasks, such as intubation and documentation, due to lack of space. Future helicopters should have seating, both behind the head and at the side of the patient that accommodates safe postures and allows paramedic’s access to the supplies necessary for the full spectrum of patient care expected in this environment.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17443
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Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering - Master theses

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