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Document ID (ISN)104724
CIS number 06-226
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ferreira J., Hignett S.
Title Reviewing ambulance design for clinical efficiency and paramedic safety
Bibliographic information Jan. 2005, Vol.36, No.1, p.97-105. Illus. 18 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) workplace design; ambulances; work posture
Descriptors (secondary) United Kingdom; ergonomic evaluation; motion study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) First aid and emergency organization
Work posture