Does your defibrillator have a safe space and stay in place? Look into the importance of having a defibrillator mount.
You may be thinking accidents don’t happen that often with ambulances. According to the CDC there are an estimated 6,500 accidents a year involving ambulances. Along with more than 22,000 EMT workers visiting the Emergency Room each year. Safely mounting your equipment in your Emergency Transportation Vehicle could help reduce these numbers. It’s the law in many states that you should have a mount for your defibrillator that passes SAE J3043. Please note that each state varies in its equipment mounting requirements. Having a mount in your vehicle reduces the chances of injuring an EMT, the passenger being transported or damaging your defibrillator in the event of an accident or rollover.
Once you have chosen your defibrillator monitor and checked with your state on its mounting equipment regulations, it is time to choose a mount. Here are a couple things to consider. First is the size. How much space do you have to accommodate your defibrillator mount? Depending on how much space is available that could limit your mounting options. Next thing to consider would be your countertop. Does it have a lip? If so, you will want to have the ability to rotate your monitor 360 degrees. Some defibrillator mounts will catch this lip prohibiting you from being able to rotate. Others offer risers so you can get over this lip allowing for the 360-degree rotation. See this image of a mount with a riser to get over the lip of the countertop.
It is most important that Emergency Transportation Services, Hospitals, Fire Departments with Ambulances, and even Emergency Helicopter Carriers should have mounts to safely secure their defibrillator device. These vehicles are all in transport and have a higher risk of accident or injury. According to PubMed rear occupants in an ambulance have a much higher risk of serious injury when involved with an accident or rollover.
Defibrillator mounts are used in Ambulance Transportation Vehicles to protect your defibrillator, patients and First Responders. Most commonly found on countertops but some choose to place theirs on a wall which requires an additional wall mount to hold your defibrillator mount.
You would be using your defibrillator mount every day. Days of using straps, seat belts and bungee cords are in the past. Laws are being formed to take more preventive measures to eliminate using straps and cords, because they are not secured safely. Using a defibrillator mount makes you compliant with today’s safety protocols. While making you feel better knowing that your personnel and passengers are safe.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, October 2). EMS Workers – Injury and Illness Data. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ems/data.html.
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