Accession Number : AD0700729

Title :   HUMAN FACTORS ASPECTS OF AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION LITTERS.

Descriptive Note : Final rept., Aug 68-Mar 69,

Corporate Author : SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TEX

Personal Author(s) : Harris,Dickie A. ; Trimble,Ralph W. ; Hartman,Bryce O. ; Cantrell,George K.

Report Date : OCT 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : The USAF School of Aerospace Medicine is conducting a research and development program designed to evaluate existing aeromedical evacuation equipment and, where necessary, to design new equipment. This study was conducted to quantify litter deficiencies and litter-use problems encountered by patients and aeromedical crew personnel during aeromedical evacuation. By use of the critical incident technic, 100 patients and 15 aeromedical crewmembers were interviewed. On the basis of the aeromedical crew interviews a questionnaire was constructed and distributed to aeromedical airlift squadrons in CONUS. Of the 100 patients interviewed, 21 reported critical incidents. Crewmembers responding to the questionnaire estimated that 25% of their patients were involved in critical incidents. Recommendations resulting from this study are that (1) a new litter be developed in respect to both material and design, and (2) changes be made to improve patient comfort and to eliminate anthropometric inadequacies. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*CASUALTIES, EVACUATION), (*AIR TRANSPORTATION, MEDICAL EQUIPMENT), (*MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING), DESIGN, BEHAVIOR, EFFECTIVENESS, QUESTIONNAIRES, ACCIDENTS

Subject Categories : Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE