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    ASTM F2318 - 15

    Standard Specification for Rotary Wing Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, and Specialized Medical Support Air Ambulances

    Active Standard ASTM F2318 | Developed by Subcommittee: F30.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 13.02


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    Abstract

    This specification covers rotary wing aircraft involved in patient prehospital emergency medical care and transportation. It outlines the minimum requirements, including personnel, and patient care equipment and supplies, that must be met before the aircraft can be classified as a rotary wing air ambulance unit. This specification describes a suitable rotary wing aircraft, which together with the specified personnel, equipment, and supplies, will provide patient care, at least to national standards for basic life support, throughout the medical mission. It applies to all the medical activities that involve rotary wing air ambulance operation at the basic life support level, including on-scene work and interhospital transfer. Application of this specification will ensure that the air ambulance will be able to provide a well-established level of patient care. The rotary wing basic life support air ambulance shall consist of three components: the rotary wing medical transport vehicle, transport personnel, and patient care equipment and supplies in accordance with this specification. The minimum personnel requirement for the rotary wing basic life support air ambulance shall be the FAA flight crew requirement for the aircraft and for each patient, one qualified air-medical crewmember. All pieces of medical equipment and supplies used in rotary wing operations shall be maintained in accordance with the specified requirements.

    This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification pertains to fixed (airplanes) and rotary-wing (helicopters) aircraft used for prehospital emergency medical care and transportation of patients by air, collectively air ambulances. It outlines the minimum requirements, including personnel, patient care equipment, and supplies that shall be met before the aircraft can be classified as an air ambulance.

    1.2 Recommendations for basic life support (BLS) air ambulances are contained in the first part of this specification that defines the minimum requirements for aircraft configuration and capability, the minimum number of seats for personnel, and the minimum medical equipment and supplies.

    1.3 Recommendations for advanced life support (ALS) air ambulances include the first part of this specification that defines the minimum requirements for aircraft configuration and capability, the minimum number of seats for personnel, and the minimum medical equipment and supplies. Additional requirements for ALS are found in Annex A1.

    1.4 Recommendations for specialized medical support (SMS) air ambulances include those for BLS and may include some or all of the ALS requirements that define the minimum requirements for aircraft configuration and capability, the minimum number of seats for personnel, and the minimum medical equipment and supplies. Additional requirements for SMS air ambulances are found in Annex A2.

    1.5 In this specification, minimum requirements for air ambulances providers are identified, however, ambulance services, under the direction of their medical director, are encouraged to use them as a core list and adjust their configuration or manifest or both according to their mission profile and patient population.

    1.6 Units—The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D3577 Specification for Rubber Surgical Gloves

    D3578 Specification for Rubber Examination Gloves

    F920 Specification for Minimum Performance and Safety Requirements for Resuscitators Intended for Use With Humans

    F960 Specification for Medical and Surgical Suction and Drainage Systems

    F1031 Practice for Training the Emergency Medical Technician (Basic)

    F1118 Specification for National Air Medical Transport Units Resources Catalog

    F1149 Practice for Qualifications, Responsibilities, and Authority of Individuals and Institutions Providing Medical Direction of Emergency Medical Services

    F1177 Terminology Relating to Emergency Medical Services

    F1219 Guide for Training the Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) to Perform Patient Initial and Detailed Assessment

    F1220 Guide for Emergency Medical Services System (EMSS) Telecommunications

    F1229 Guide for Qualification and Training of EMS Air Medical Patient Care Providers

    F1555 Guide for Characteristics for Extremity Splints

    F1556 Guide for Spinal Immobilization and Extrication (SPINE) Device Characteristics

    F1557 Guide for Full Body Spinal Immobilization Devices (FBSID) Characteristics

    F1558 Guide for Characteristics for Adjunct Cervical Spine Immobilization Devices (ACSID)

    F1559 Guide for Characteristics for Cervical Spine Immobilization Collar(s) (CSIC)

    NTIS Document

    USARTL-TR-79-22D Aircraft Crash Survival Design Guide


    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/F2318-15

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    Citation Format

    ASTM F2318-15, Standard Specification for Rotary Wing Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, and Specialized Medical Support Air Ambulances, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2015, www.astm.org

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