Allina Healthcare’s New (Safer & Efficient) Ambulance Design

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In Feb. 2016 JEMS, we featured Allina Healthcare EMS.  As a part of that story, we stated that, if your organization needed a wake-up call about the impact a serious ambulance crash can have, there was much you can learn from Allina Health EMS.

After a horrific ambulance crash in 2014 that left two Allina Health EMS crew members seriously injured, the organization decided to invest the time, effort and finances to improve the safety of its ambulances.

In a true innovative approach, representatives from Allina Health EMS worked with three ambulance manufacturers who each submitted prototypes for in-service testing in an effort to meet the needs, demands and design requirement presented by Allina.

After careful review of the three prototypes, the model built by Crestline (on a Sprinter Chassis – with a custom Cresyline Box) was selected for a fleet purchase.

I got a chance to see the first ambulance with this design at the CRESTLINE booth at EMS WORLD and wanted to share the photos I took – and features I liked – with you.

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The squad bench is gone (hooray) and three (3) comfortable attendant seats are positioned for optimal patient access while securely seated/belted.
Note – two of the seats fold up and allow the crew to access and care for the patient while the ambulance is stationary/not in movement.

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The interior maximizes space utilization, with all switches/controls flush and easily accessible (on two sides as shown here, while the attendant is seated.

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Allina incorporated use of standard cabinetry AND some of the new FERNO INTRAX ideas – to allow crews the flexibility to position/reposition cardiac monitors, suction and storage kits securely – where they would like them while on duty.

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LEFT = Front wall                                                                                                                                 RIGHT = Left rear
All key cabinets are lighted and positioned in convenient locations in the patient compartment.

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Frequently needed items like the STRYKER tracked Stair chair and Medical/Trauma/Pediatric Kits, are located near the curbside door – away from the traffic side of the rig.

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The Allina/Crestline emergency lighting is very well done — EFFECTIVE. 
The angled box lights help clear intersections as do the ten (10) LED grill/fender lights.
And the sirens and large air horns are encased in the bumper and positioned for optimal sound projection.

 

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The Sprinter cab is spacious, comfortable and safe for the crews.
The console and switches are positioned for easy access/use as well.

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Perhaps one of the most innovative additions is the placement of bright LED flood lights on each interior door of the patient compartment – that come on when the doors are open and illuminate the step and ground below them.. Great idea!

 

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Allina President Brian LaCroix deserves credit for allowing his staff to design and layout three prototypes that were safe, innovative and efficicient.
For more info on these beautiful, safe units, contact:

Brian LaCroix

President • Allina Health

Emergency Medical Services

brian.lacroix@allina.com

 

 

In Feb. 2016 JEMS, we featured Allina Healthcare EMS.  As a part of that story, we stated that, if your organization needed a wake-up call about the impact a serious ambulance crash can have, there was much you can learn from Allina Health EMS.

After a horrific ambulance crash in 2014 that left two Allina Health EMS crew members seriously injured, the organization decided to invest the time, effort and finances to improve the safety of its ambulances.

In a true innovative approach, representatives from Allina Health EMS worked with three ambulance manufacturers who each submitted prototypes for in-service testing in an effort to meet the needs, demands and design requirement presented by Allina.

After careful review of the three prototypes, the model built by Crestline was selected for a fleet purchase.

I got a chance to see the first ambulance with this esign at the CRESTLINE booth at EMS WORLD and wanted to share the photos I took – and features I liked – with you.

 

 

 

“Our main priority was to redesign the back of the ambulance so that our clinicians no longer need to stand [or move around] to deliver patient care or reach supplies,” says Jeff Czyson, operations director at Allina Health EMS, in the article.

 

“The bench seat has been replaced with a standard seat with a four-point harness instead of a lap belt, and all cabinets are also padded and angled,” Czyson said. “We’ll make some revisions to the best design and hope to start rolling out our new ambulances in mid-2016,” he adds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.jems.com/articles/print/volume-41/issue-2/features/10-things-every-ems-system-should-be-doing.html

 

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