Faculty Advisor

Fofana, Mustapha S.


The ambulatory medical stretcher is important for patient stabilization, transportation and administering quality centric care. The structure of the stretcher is configured in such a way that it can carry patients of all kinds regardless of the patient's weight or injuries. This project investigated the efforts that have been made to improve paramedics and patient safety. We focus on the types of canopies that have been used to shield patients from rain, snow or high temperature exposures. The project team engaged with local EMS practitioners to understand how any canopy can help to improve EMS safety. A framework for designing a canopy is established, and account for its incorporation on ambulatory stretcher is presented.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering