Accession Number:

ADA285654

Title:

Laboratory and Flight Tests of Medical Equipment for Use in US Army MEDEVAC Helicopters

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL

Report Date:

1994-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

When used in an air medical setting, medical equipment designed for use in hospitals can fail from the stresses of in-flight use, or they interfere with critical rotor-wing aircraft systems. From January 1989 to June 1992, 34 medical devices, including monitordefibrillators, infusion pumps, vital-signs monitors, ventilators and infant transport incubators, were tested under extreme conditions of temperature, humidity, altitude and vibration MIL-STD 810D. Electromagnetic emissions and susceptibility were measured MIL-STD 461C and 462, and human factors were evaluated. The devices were flight tested in a UH- 60 MEDEVAC helicopter. Thirty-two percent of the medical devices failed at least one environmental test, and 91 of the devices failed to meet electromagnetic interference standards. Failures included excess conducted and radiated emissions and susceptibility to radiated emissions. Five 15 of the devices were judged unsuitable for use in the UH-60 MEDEVAC helicopter. Testing is critical to discover the ability of a medical device to perform in the harsh rotor-wing MEDEVAC environment. Failure of a device or interference with aircraft systems can result in loss of a patient or aircrew.

Subject Categories:

  • Helicopters
  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
  • Electromagnetic Shielding

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE