Starting from 1st January 2021, French vehicles intended for medical transport have been involved in a real technical revolution.
The entry into force of the latest revision of the EN 1789:2020 standard will oblige all organizations, private and public, involved in the rescue world to comply with the requirements set by the competent authorities. Vehicles that do not comply with the provisions will no longer be allowed to circulate. Therefore, most of the vehicles registered before 2011 will become obsolete.
The standard does not concern only the world of volunteering, but also that of emergency services, hospital transport and, last but not least, private companies that provide ambulance transport services.
The safety of patients and operators during medical transport in Europe
The EN1789:2020 standard is based on a cardinal principle of ambulance transport: to protect the safety of patients and operators. A principle that is often disregarded, but today the law has decided to reaffirm it firmly.
For sure the persistence of the Covid-19 pandemic greatly complicates the picture; representing a health emergency for the country, it is also becoming a real emergency for the entire rescue mobility system.
Ambulances and operators are daily involved in extreme situations that require, more than ever, maximum attention. If we add the impressive amount of transport services done, it is easy to understand how safety is a priority and very delicate issue. Indeed, handling medical transport does not only pose problems on a professional level, but also and above all on a technical one.
An example: what modifications to bring to the devices in the medical compartment so that they comply with the legislation? Also, what should ambulance builders do to comply with legal provisions?
This issue has no immediate solution, as there are still many vehicles that, for various reasons, do not comply with the criteria identified by EN1789.The standard indicates various requirements for each vehicle category: ambulances intended for transport (type A1 and A2), rescue (type B) and mobile intensive care units (type C).
In Europe, countries did not follow the same pattern. Spain and Germany immediately implemented the requirements of European standards, while Italy, besides a delay in the implementation of the provisions, has adopted some changes. Regarding the distinction between vehicle types, the Italian system identifies A type ambulances as vehicles intended for rescue and B type vehicles for transport. In addition, the actual compliance with the strict requirements of EN1789 is also slow in coming. Alongside serious manufacturing companies, there are still companies that are not aligned with European regulations and governed by a logic of the so-called “do it yourself”.
Stem. A cutting-edge product range in compliance with European rigor
Stem, by virtue of its long term experience in the industry of advanced transport systems and for the consolidated presence in France, holds the attention of the operators as a benchmark in the field.
Starting from 2010, when the first draft of EN 1789 came out, STEM products stand out for their attention to the standard. Since the beginning, they embrace an innovative vision: to ensure the safety of equipment by adopting new cutting-edge and performant technologies, fully in line with the new parameters introduced, but at the same time attentive to meet the expectations of the EMS operators. STEM devices stand out precisely for their professional use and accuracy.
Two key factors of ambulance transport are comfort and patient’s safety, especially during emergency operations. Stem has always based its activity on the compliance with both principles, offering a wide product range fully compliant with EN1789 and EN1865-5: from shock-absorbing-type stretcher-supports, the only ones in the world with hydro-pneumatic suspensions, to the stretcher-supports with height adjustment, with possibility to transport the patient in Trendelenburg and reverse-Trendelenburg position and with extractable and tilting tray to adapt to the stretcher loading height. In particular, shock-absorbing stretcher-supports are able to meet the multiple needs of delicate, neonatal and poly-trauma patient transports.
In substance, STEM finds a valid ally in the EN1789, contributing to making safer and safer the work of the operators who are somehow involved in the delicate world of medical rescue outside the hospital.
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