Talk about thinking outside of the box, pardon the pun, and designing something that works best for the end user and the patient. Here is a really neat article about a group of students from MIT who designed an ambulance that meets their needs as providers to that they can provide the highest and most efficient level of service to their patient’s as well as being focused around safety.
With responder safety and the safety of the occupants inside an ambulance being a focus point we are seeing marked changes what the inside of an ambulance looks like. This article comes at a very interesting and pivotal time, as it relates to the design, performance, and testing of ambulances. I say this as NFPA 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances is currently in revision and the technical committee responsible for the document recently met to address almost 500 public inputs that are suggesting change to the 2013 edition of the document. The committee will be meeting again in December, meeting information can be found here, to finish their work that will be published as part of the first draft report. You can follow the progress of the revision of the document here.
On another note, I do happen to have a connection to the ambulance that was designed at MIT and I am hoping to get up to see it and get some photos of it. So check back soon.