Smart Ambulance: European Procurers Platform (SAEPP) Project

UWE is providing clinical leadership and research expertise in a European project to design and build a better emergency ambulance.

The Smart Ambulance European Procurers Platform (SAEPP) project brings together a group of European Emergency Medical Services (EMS), academic healthcare research bodies, hospitals and other healthcare organisations to form a consortium with the objective of designing and building a 21st century prototype EMS vehicle (ambulance) which will allow frontline clinicians to provide enhanced patient care on-scene, thereby improving outcomes and reducing the number of unnecessary patient transports currently made by EMS across the Euro-Zone.

This study builds on several previous projects in which UWE has worked in collaboration with the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art, NHS Ambulance services and other partner organisations to use design research to improve pre-hospital care. The current project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

This pan-European partnership aims to create a mobile treatment unit, capable of combined patient transport and treatment, which maximises space, minimises the risk of infection, reduces hospital admissions and handover times, decreases overall costs and, most importantly, offers a safer environment for patients and clinicians alike.

The results will be published during 2016, and are expected to have a significant impact on the future design of emergency ambulances and the provision of EMS care across Europe.

UWE project lead - For more information please contact Professor Jonathan Benger: Jonathan.Benger@uwe.ac.uk

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