Faculty Advisor

Fofana, Mustapha S.


Isolation and control of bodily substances is an important aspect of pre-hospital emergency care. Proper decontamination is required to ensure safe working and transporting environments for both the healthcare provider and patient in the ambulance. Current methods for disinfecting the ambulance and its equipment have room for improvement. We have collaborated with Worcester Emergency Medical Service (WEMS) paramedics to identify the need for better cleaning procedures and equipment that are better designed to remove contaminants. Common pathogenic risks present to both Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel and their patients were analyzed. Alternative disinfection methods and equipment were considered and recommended.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering