Working for a better medical cart with Clemson University
April 7, 2015 - Ever watch a football game on national TV and see injured players carted off on fancy golf carts? Sometimes the carts look like specialized equipment and sometimes they look like golf carts with a slab of plywood attached.
Two years ago Wintergreen Fire & Rescue was contracted to provide EMS support for the Lockn’ Music Festival. The medical carts were provided by a rental company and let’s just say they left a lot to be desired. Last year a different vendor was used and things were much better. Even still, there are so many things which could be optimized if only the cart designer actually understood EMS. Enter EZ-Go and Clemson University.
Shortly after Lockn’ concluded we were contacted by a group of Engineering students at Clemson University who were competing to see who could design the optimum medical cart. The contest sponsor (TSV) is the parent company for EZ-Go and they aspire to standardize medical carts used at special events on a global level.
The employees who worked Lockn’ began providing feedback to the engineers via a fairly elaborate survey process and a subsequent series of questions and answers via email. Our group won, and now hopefully their design could become a prototype for TSV.