Working for a better medical cart with Clemson University

  Our friends from Clemson University. Miller Lane, our liaison is on the far right. We look forward to seeing them at this year’s Lockn’ as designated drivers…..hint   hint  !!!

Our friends from Clemson University. Miller Lane, our liaison is on the far right. We look forward to seeing them at this year’s Lockn’ as designated drivers…..hint hint!!!

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.

 First year of Lockn’ after an axle snapped on one of our medical carts. We were back in action in roughly an hour.

First year of Lockn’ after an axle snapped on one of our medical carts. We were back in action in roughly an hour.

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.