SAE International Publishes Series of Technical Reports that Help Improve Ambulance Patient Compartment Safety
With the recent publishing of four technical reports, SAE International now offers a series of recommended practices designed to enhance overall ambulance safety in several areas, including patient compartments and occupant restraint.
The four newly published recommended practices include:
· “J3026 – Ambulance Patient Compartment Seating Integrity and Occupant Restraint” – This SAE Recommended Practice describes the testing procedures that may be used to evaluate the integrity of ground ambulance-based occupant seating and occupant restraint systems for workers and civilians transported in the patient compartment of an ambulance when exposed to frontal or side impact.
· “J3027 - Ambulance Litter Integrity, Retention, and Patient Restraint” – This SAE Recommended Practice describes the testing procedures required to evaluate the integrity of a ground ambulance-based patient litter, litter retention system, and patient restraint when exposed to a frontal or side impact.
· “J3043 - Ambulance Equipment Mount Device or Systems” – This SAE Recommended Practice describes the dynamic and static testing procedures required to evaluate the integrity of an equipment mount device or system when exposed to a frontal or side impact (i.e. a crash impact).
· “J3044 - Occupant Restraint and Equipment Mounting Integrity – Rear Impact System-Level Ambulance Patient Compartment” – This SAE Recommended Practice describes the test procedures for conducting rear impact occupant restraint and equipment mounting integrity tests for ambulance patient compartment applications.
Steve Spata, Technical Services Manager with NTEA, contributed to the new documents. “We are extremely pleased to be able to work with SAE International to create a home for this family of test methods. These cutting-edge product validations represent the work of a multi-year government-Industry partnership to improve the safety of ambulances and save the lives of our Nation’s EMS workers and their patients,” he said.
Jim Green, who works in the Division of Safety Research for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and also contributed to the documents, echoed the importance of safety.” The development of this family of SAE Recommended Practices exemplifies the value of industry and government combining resources and talent with a singular goal in mind; to improve worker and patient safety in a cost efficient and timely manner. By publishing through SAE and the Truck Crashworthiness Committee we tapped into decades of experience that both improved these documents and strategically placed them in a forum that can be easily accessed worldwide,” Green said.
These recommended practices join two already existing ones, including “J2917 - Occupant Restraint and Equipment Mounting Integrity - Frontal Impact System-Level Ambulance Patient Compartment,” and “J2956 - Occupant Restraint and Equipment Mounting Integrity - Side Impact System-Level Ambulance Patient Compartment.”
All six recommended practices were developed and issued by SAE International’s Truck Crashworthiness Committee in conjunction with NIOSH and the Ambulance Manufacturers Division (AMD) of the NTEA.SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting more than 145,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.
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