|Document ID (ISN)||104724|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
|Convention or series no.
||Ferreira J., Hignett S.
||Reviewing ambulance design for clinical efficiency and paramedic safety
||Jan. 2005, Vol.36, No.1, p.97-105. Illus. 18 ref.
||This study aimed to review the layout of the patient compartment in a United Kingdom ambulance with respect to paramedic efficiency and safety. Link analysis and postural analysis were used. Paramedics were observed over 16 shifts (130h). The most frequently-occurring clinical tasks were checking blood oxygen saturation, oxygen administration, monitoring the heart and checking blood pressure. Access to the equipment and consumables to support these tasks had been designed for the attendant seat (head end of the stretcher), however, a link analysis found that paramedics preferred to sit alongside the stretcher which resulted in increased reach distances. The higher-frequency tasks were found to include over 40% of working postures that required corrective measures. It was concluded that future ambulance design should be based on an ergonomics analysis of clinical activities.
||workplace design; ambulances; work posture
||United Kingdom; ergonomic evaluation; motion study
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||United Kingdom|
||Ergonomics and work organization
|Broad subject area(s)
||First aid and emergency organization