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Lab with Live Scenarios when the Test Ambulance is Running

Thursday, May 7, 2020

With the development of a mobile test bed for the pre-hospital care chain, entirely new possibilities for research, testing, development and innovation of new products and work processes are created. Many user groups now see the potential in testing the ambulance for simulations together with PICTA and partners.

In the PreTest project, an infrastructure is being developed that will contribute to prehospital care's digitalisation and at the same time stimulate collaboration between various parties in the prehospital care chain. The test ambulance owned by the ambulatory care unit at Sahlgrenska University Hospital enables research, integrated tests and live scenarios where technology and work procedures are developed side by side.

Support for Ambulatory Staff

The test ambulance was used for two weeks in March to simulate live scenarios including video consultation and prehospital assessment of stroke victims and head injuries. The tests were conducted at the ambulatory units at Skaraborg Hospital and Södra Älvsborg Hospital with personnel from Prehospen and Medfield's MD-100. This all took place for the purpose of giving ambulatory staff the right support to be able to assess the patient's care requirement at an early stage, take the necessary action and determine whether and where the patient should be taken for further care.

New model for different user groups

New tools and methods will be tested in the test ambulance, which means that the test ambulance will be used, among other things, in a research project relating to breathing difficulties and to test support for identifying elevated risk of sepsis. 
'We want to test different areas of application for the test ambulance and see how it can benefit different user groups. What is important now is the development of a model from which educational facilities, ambulatory units and companies can benefit ,' says Hanna Maurin Söderholm, head of the programme at PICTA.