Braking Mechanism for Ambulance Gurney

Authors: Niloufar Dehghanian, Anthony Lira, Shanelle Swamy, Almarwa Abdulhameed

Advisor: Dr. Matthew Leineweber

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) use stretchers to transport patients to hospitals. However, the braking mechanisms often fail by not properly locking the wheels which makes it difficult to stop. This can lead to multiple injuries involving the patients and EMTs. The goal of our project is to improve upon the current brakes on medical gurneys by creating a new mechanism which is more reliable. Our mechanism will involve the simultaneous locking of the front and back wheels diagonal from one another. This mechanism will provide better braking by stopping up to 300 lbs making it safer for the user.  It can also be attached to any gurney allowing medical professionals to buy a simple attachment versus an entire gurney.