Accession Number:

ADA214670

Title:

A Survey of U.S. Army Aeromedical Equipment

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

Medical equipment is necessary to support patients requiring air transportation, but it may not be compatible with the aviation environment. Aircraft systems may cause errors in the functioning of medical equipment, or that equipment may interfere with the aircraft. Medical equipment has been tested,primarily for fixed wing aircraft, to military standards by the U.S. Air Force. This study reports 1986 and 1987 surveys which documents the use of such equipment of U.S. Army medical evacuation aircraft and compares items in current use to the U.S. AIr Forces test results. Of the 115 different non issue items reported in use, 32 have been formally evaluated, and 9 of those were judge unacceptable for use on aircraft. Only two items reported in the survey were tested inflight in helicopters. The remaining 83 items have not been tested. Helicopters have unique requirements, and the U.S. Army has begun a program to evaluate medical equipment for helicopter use. Keywords Aeromedical evacuation Helicopter ambulance MEDEVAC Medical equipment testing. KT

Subject Categories:

  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
  • Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE