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April 04, 2014
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Insights on Innovation
by Dan White

Ferno's self-loading stretcher eases load on EMTs

The iN/X or Ferno Integrated Patient Transport and Loading System provides weight support for smooth transitions that both your patients, and your back, will appreciate

At the EMS State of the Sciences Conferences, held in Dallas, Texas, I saw a new innovation in patient transportation: the Ferno Integrated Patient Transport and Loading System (iN/X).

The iN/X is the first of its kind: a powered self-loading stretcher. Watching it being put through its paces at the conference was astounding. Everyone in the room knew they were looking at the next big thing in EMS.

The iN/X has elegant, futuristic lines and a slick tricolor paint scheme. The legs look like a robotic hover-cot of the future or something seen in a science fiction movie. Both the sides and critical area under the front wheels are illuminated.

The iN/X's biggest update is an independent operator control of the front and rear wheels. This lets the stretcher support the patient during every phase of loading and unloading. Gone is the need to support the end of the stretcher while the entire undercarriage goes up or down. Instead, the stretcher has load support wheels under the center of the frame which provide weight support during transitions.

Ferno demonstrated at the show how smoothly the stretcher handles little obstacles like a curb. The transition from one surface to another of different height is almost effortless.

The iN/X has better ergonomics and advanced functionality. Back injuries are a major cause of lost man-hours and career productivity. The iN/X will reduce repetitive load stresses on staff. It also dramatically reduces jarring to a patient.

The entire system was also designed to be safer in a crash, and meets the safety requirements of tomorrow in multiple countries. This will allow broader adoption and extend useful field life.

You also won’t need to change batteries. The iN/X’s power management system is built into the mounting system. It charges the batteries on the stretcher whenever it is loaded and in contact with the mount.

All these features taken together will change how EMS providers do their job and extend how long they can do it.

About the author

Dan White, EMT-P works for Intersurgical, Inc. as the National Account Manager for EMS. Immediately prior he ran Arasan, LLC. He served as Sales & Marketing Director for Truphatek, Inc. and before that Director of Corporate Planning & Product Development for AllMed. He has been certified as a paramedic since 1978 and an EMS and ACLS instructor since 1981. Dan has designed many emergency medical products since his first, the White Pulmonary Resuscitator, including the Prolite Speedboad, Cook Needle Decompression Kit and RapTag Triage System. His more recent EMS product designs are the Arasan Ultra EMS Coat and the B2 Paramedic Helmet. To contact Dan, email dan.white@ems1.com.

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Dave Aber Dave Aber Wednesday, May 07, 2014 5:02:17 AM You should not be taking a loaded stretcher up and down stairs. Thats what other devices are used for. But with the independent legs of this stretcher, you can maneuver over obstacles that you would normally have to lift over without bearing the weight of a loaded stretcher.
Dave Aber Dave Aber Wednesday, May 07, 2014 5:04:15 AM I like the telescoping handles that still allow you to raise and lower. This gives you options for patients that are tall or provider comfort for loading.
Dave Aber Dave Aber Wednesday, May 07, 2014 5:10:10 AM You really cannot appreciate it until you use it. Minimal weight on arms and back when loading as you are just guiding the unit into the ambulance.
Douglas Cremeans Douglas Cremeans Wednesday, May 07, 2014 7:05:46 AM I completely agree with not taking stretchers up and down stairs...but then again, if you have to use a reeves to get a 350 lbs'er down the stairs due to being in full arrest, whats the saving grace of having a no weight bearing easy load stretcher...?
Kelly Coquete Kelly Coquete Thursday, May 08, 2014 12:07:22 PM All I am saying is I would take zero load on your arms and back verses minimal load. The title of this article is misleading as well, nothing about this set up is "self-loading"

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