Hi I'm a university student; I'm working on a group project on infant transport incubators.
I've been struggling to contact members of a transport team to answer some questions I have about transport incubators.
We're consider lowering the weight of the battery while also allowing the battery to charge faster. Do you think lowering the weight would add significant value to the device? Is the product more attractive/valuable to you by decreasing the amount of time it takes to charge?
I would love to get ahold of anyone on a transport team, such as the nurses, biomeds, EMTS, and flight crew. Any help is much appreciated!
I haven't done transports, but you'll probably get more responses if you post this question in the Neonatal/NICU nursing forum (under specialties) as opposed to the general forum.
Moved to Flight Nursing as ground transport nurses use this too
Fixed wing and ground units will place little value on weight, and charging isn't as big of a deal as you might be inclined to think as there is plenty of power available in those transports. Rotor wing transports are far more rare, they limit what can be done en route and are more disturbing to the patinet's physiology. Weight isn't as big of an issue as you would think, those same helicopters are often moving 200+ kg adult patients so an isolette is still a fraction of that. Rotor wing also has plenty of power. Almost all critical care transport medical transport vehicles will be shore lined when not in use, or equipment will be taken out and plugged in outside of the vehicle.
I think that you might find more value in decreasing weight and increasing battery life for scene response groups. Lugging a defib/monitor or suction unit that looses power quickly and weights a ton has been a frustration for as long as I've been in the prehospital environment. Whatever you try remember that Fire/EMS/CCT staff tend to be fairly rough on their gear and any improvement cannot be at the cost of equipment longevity or patient safety.