University Birmingham City University
KTP Associate Alex Round
Funding Innovate UK
With the aim of preventing damage affecting brain function (encephalopathy) in ambulance transfers this KTP set out to design and develop an impact resistant interface system (IRIS) for neonatal equipment to be securely attached to European Ambulance Loading Trolleys and other ambulance trolley markets worldwide.
The current consensus among medical professionals, taken from anecdotal evidence is that the risk of brain injuries in ambulance transfer under heavy acceleration and deceleration can also be caused by the movement and forces that take place during shaking (rotational acceleration and deceleration forces), with or without impact against a hard or soft surface. The brain moves within the skull which causes the bridging veins to tear and bleed into the dura.
The new Paraid ambulance trolley fitted with an Impact Resistant Interface System (IRIS) aims to reduce this risk.
The KTP with Birmingham City University uses new simulation software to determine the strength/stress analysis of the IRIS and other ancillary Paraid products in the event of an ambulance crash. As a result of the KTP the following outcomes and benefits have been achieved:
This project was a finalist in the Societal Impact category, supported by UKRI, of the KTP Awards 2020
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