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Composite power cot for emergency medical services

News International-French

18 Apr 2014

The Composites Group (TCG) and its three business units, Quantum Composites, Premix and Hadlock Plastics, have collaborated with Ferno EMS in creating the new iN∫X Integrated Patient Transport and Loading System - a power cot for the emergency medical services (EMS) industry, and a new application for thermoset composites.

After a thorough engineering and product development process, TCG was on hand as Ferno launched iN∫X at the 2014 Fire Department Instructors Conference this month. A motorized patient handling system, the iN∫X is designed to help EMS personnel stop lifting and reduce the risk of injuries while enhancing performance and delivery of care.

The Composites Group manufactured a total of 16 parts for each iN∫X system. Eight parts comprise the four tri-colored, independently adjusting legs while another eight parts form four black arms that secure the legs to the cot.

Each of TCG's three business units had a hand in manufacturing these parts:

  • Quantum Composites produced and supplied AMC 8590, a carbon fiber material known for its high strength yet lightweight properties.
  • Premix handled the custom compression molding process.
  • Hadlock Plastics finished each part, including a customized, tri-color paint application to feature Ferno's signature red.

Ferno's iN∫X integrated patient transport and loading system is expected to revolutionize the daily professional lives of EMS workers, including emergency medical technicians and paramedics, who often suffer from work-related injuries that result in lost time and significant worker's compensation and medical costs.

According to data from the centers for disease control and prevention, sprains and strains were the most common diagnosis for EMS workers in 2011. Most of these injuries affected the lower and upper trunk (e.g. back and spine) and were the result of either excessive physical effort or a single incident that imposed stress or strain on some part of the body.

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