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Future ambulances

Future ambulances
Reference number
0463
Issue date01 January 2007
TypeGuidance

This report aims to promote discussion and innovative decision-making by NHS ambulance trusts in England and Wales, and to provide the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PaSA) with safety criteria for the purchasing of ambulances.

 

It is based on the results of a collaboration between the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA); the Helen Hamlyn Research Centre at the Royal College of Art, London; the Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety Research Unit at the University of Loughborough; and the Ambulance Service Association (ASA).

 

The report identifies best practice and the need for an inclusive and systems-wide approach to the standardisation of key aspects of vehicle and equipment design. It also highlights the need for co-ordinated purchasing based on an agreed set of national specifications.

 

The report sets out a three-stage design direction, for implementation over the next five to 10 years, to:

 

• support standardisation and improvement of vehicle design;
• ensure equipment reliability and compatibility; and
• subsequently meet the evolving demands on NHS ambulance services.


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