- Emergency care would be non-existent without ambulances.
- Smartly arranged and well-equipped ambulances contribute to the quality of care.
- Twente expressed its wishes and co-developed the most innovative ambulance available today with its manufacturer.
A lot of thought has been given to the new ambulance vehicles. Nurses, drivers, IT specialists and developers of ambulance builder Miesen from Bonn have jointly launched a new vehicle on the market. The ambulance had to be more convenient, ergonomic, light, user-friendly and accessible. Additionally, the ambulance had to be able to drive quickly, smoothly and safely. The right equipment can make all the difference when time matters and high-quality care is needed.
The ambulance, called Ambu2017, is the result of a collaboration between the VOMA* committee of Ambulance East-Netherlands and ambulance manufacturer Miesen. Currently, 12 of such ambulances are driving around in Twente. Another 11 will follow this year. In Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and other parts of The Netherlands, the ideas of Ambulance East-Netherlands have already been adopted. The new ambulance is very popular. Although emergency care is arranged differently in every country, the utmost is done everywhere to save lives.
The Ambu2017 is equipped with numerous innovations that make working in a moving ambulance both easier and safer. Ambulance staff can now do everything while seated. Standing is no longer necessary to provide care while the ambulance is driving, as all equipment and material can be reached from a sitting position. This ensures the safety of both staff and patient. The possibilities, when present on an emergency site, have also been extended. All materials that may be needed for emergency services are within reach, without having to step into the ambulance. All equipment is accessible from street level.
In addition, dozens of smaller innovations have been implemented in the Ambu2017. For example, the vehicle now has an electrically extendable step, allowing the ambulance employees to be even closer to the stretcher. Also, a few new computers have been added, a screen in the sun visor and an intercom in the back. The ambulance is also equipped with the new siren which can also be heard with earplugs in, as well as a new warning light system. Previously, the blue lights alternately flashed left and right. In the Twente system, a full-width bar flashes on and off repeatedly.
Ambulance East also uses another vehicle for emergency journeys; the Rapid Responder. This vehicle can provide ambulance care, but cannot transport patients. It is unique that the Mercedes Vito is equipped with all equipment and means to treat a patient. The Rapid Responders from Ambulance East-Netherlands was developed by Miesen as well, just like the ambulance. Because of joint development, the car has all the latest innovations. A special feature of the device is that all the equipment and items that the nurse needs are housed behind a sliding door on the left-hand side of the vehicle. In addition, the possibility has been created to examine a patient in the vehicle. This is useful if a patient who is on the street needs further investigation. A seating option has also been created under the tailgate, on which a patient can be examined. Last but not least, the vehicle is equipped with a special holder for the computer in the front of the vehicle and the latest technology so that better views and audibility are created.