Ambulance Patient Safety Design
Our investment in putting Patient Safety first from the ground up in the design of our prototype Hyperbaric Oxygen Acute Stroke Treatment Ambulance is directed at obtaining FDA research vehicle approval before human clinical trials begin.
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Acute Stroke Treatment Ambulance is a ground breaking venture endorsed by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society, and the Medical Society's collaboration will greatly help us bring major public health advances to the treatment of acute stroke. Col. Tom Workman of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society will be leading our Ambulance construction Patient Safety Certification. Col. Workman is responsible for the Medical Society’s safety certification of Hospital and Clinic based Medical Hyperbaric Chambers Nationwide. Also, Col. Workman has published one of the leading text books on hyperbaric chamber safety and certification: Hyperbaric Facility Safety: A Practical Guide, Wilbur T. Workman, Ed., Best Publishing Company, Flagstaff, Arizona, 1999, 754 pages.
The Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society leadership considers this project so important that they are donating Col. Workman’s time to work on Safety Certification for the hyperbaric oxygen stroke ambulance project. No certification safety standards exist for a hyperbaric oxygen treatment chamber in an ambulance, and thus it is very significant that the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society is participating in the formulation of safety certification standards for such a vehicle. It is significant for this project that as Director of Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs for the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society, Col. Workman serves as the Society’s liaison to Federal agencies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Food and Drug Administration. Also, Col. Workman coordinates activities with other regulatory, professional, trade and standards organizations such as the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology, the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Association, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME-PVHO), and the National Fire Protection Association. The Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations has recognized the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society as a Complementary Accrediting Program.
Dr. Robert Whaley, past Director of the U.S. Navy’s Diving Division was responsible for the development, production and Fleet implementation of the U.S. Navy’s shipboard and portable hyperbaric systems and equipment. In this capacity in the U.S. Navy, part of Dr. Whaley’s responsibility was engineering direction for the design and construction of U.S. Navy Mobile Chamber facilities (Standard Navy Double-Lock (SNDL) Recompression Chamber System, Transportable Recompression Chamber System (TRCS) and Emergency Evacuation Hyperbaric System (EEHS)) for use with Navy Fleet Operations. Dr. Whaley was also responsible for the development (through the Navy Experimental Diving Unit) and implementation (as documented in the U.S. Navy Diving Manual and the respective system technical manuals) of the operational and emergency procedures required for use with the hyperbaric systems. Now President and CEO of his own Diving/Pressure Chamber consulting company, DynaMech Analysis LLC, Dr. Whaley will collaborate with Dr. McCormick on this project as a Consultant on Operational, Safety, and Engineering issues.
Dr. Roy Alson, as Medical Director of the Forsyth County Emergency Medical Service, Medical Advisor Disaster Services, NC Office of EMS, Assistant Medical Director, North Carolina Office of Emergency Medicine, Chairman, Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee at ACEP, and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Wake Forest Medical School will also add his many years of experience to designs for Patient Safety.
Our collaborator, the American Emergency Vehicle (AEV) ambulance manufacturing company, is a worldwide leader in ambulance safety design and highway regulation compliance. AEV has a 20 year working relationship with the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center designing Air Care and Brenner’s Children Ambulances. One of the specialties of the American Emergency Vehicle Company is the design of crash proof hyperbaric oxygen ambulance supply tank lockers. Hyperbaric Oxygen supply tanks have been routinely installed in ambulances for many years.