Certification of Transport Medical Equipment. Ensuring Patient Safety and Wellbeing While in the Air. Chris Raynes Senior Design and Certification Engineer. Introduction.
Ensuring Patient Safety and Wellbeing While in the Air
Senior Design and Certification Engineer
Taken individually each component of a medical fit-out is not complex but when combined into a medical system the certification complexity increases
There is often confusion from the customer as why equipment suitable for use in an intensive care medical environment requires such attention when used on an aircraft
There is a balancing act between patient well-being and airworthiness during medi-vac operations
Medical Transport Systems are designed to provide self contained life support and monitoring of a patient while in transit between medical facilities.
A typical medical fit out will contain a wide range of medical equipment including but not limited to:
The transport incubator makes an ideal case study to cover the certification issues common to medical equipment fits
Trolley Base for Aircraft Interface
Applicable Design Standards are:
The paths available to demonstrate compliance.
Voltage converters – 12/24 VDC 18 VDC - 12 VDC 24 VDC - 24 VDC 12 VDC
Power converters – 12/24 VDC 240 VAC
Battery charging from 12VDC, 24VDC, 115VAC, or 240VAC aircraft power supply.Electrical Equipment
The majority of the electrical medical equipment is powered by individual internal rechargeable batteries.
In support of longer duration patient transport missions supplemental power supplies to the medical equipment internal batteries is required.
The additional power may be supplied from a combination of aircraft power and the following components: