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TOO OFTEN A TIME CRUNCH FORCES COMPANIES TO SACRIFICE THEIR PLANS OF THE IDEAL MEDICAL INTERIOR FOR THEIR MISSION PROFILE. INSTEAD, THEY SETTLE FOR STANDARDIZED EQUIPMENT THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DEVELOPED FOR SOMEONE ELSE AND ADAPT THEIR CONFIGURATION TO UTILIZE EXISTING EQUIPMENT SO THEY CAN MEET DEADLINE GOALS.


final aircraft approval process and the required launch date to con- figure and install the medical interior. Already we’re at the point of eliminating one of our goals and for many operations, it’s the tar- get that takes a direct hit.


CASE STUDY: SAUDI ARABIA SEARCH AND RESCUE FLEET


This SAR fleet of Sikorsky S92 helicopters needed to be inte-


grated and outfitted within a 90-day delivery window. The EMS manufacturer outfitted the utility-style interiors with


advanced life support systems, stretcher bridges and 3-drawer cab- inets with provisions for defibrillator equipment. The project was completed ahead of time and included equipment integration and


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on-site training. Too often a time crunch forces companies to sacrifice their


plans of the ideal medical interior for their mission profile. Instead, they settle for standardized equipment that has already been devel- oped for someone else and adapt their configuration to utilize exist- ing equipment so they can meet deadline goals. Certainly, the end result will be an aircraft with a functional medical interior, but some- where along the line, the original wants and needs of the medical crew were compromised and the ergonomic specs of the tailor- made configuration became obsolete, thereby shaving valuable oper- ational efficiencies from the mission profile. Tragically, for search and rescue (SAR) and EMS aircraft missions, time is precious and min- utes can mean the difference between life or death. In a majority of cases where compromises are imposed, customers return for modi-


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