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May 21, 2009 - Developed by ASTM International Committee F30 on Emergency Medical Services, ASTM WK23835 provides guidance for how medical equipment is expected to perform under severe conditions of mass casualty event. Standard will be used to educate and assist those involved in selection of medical equipment. It will focus on how non-traditional environments can have deleterious effects on operation of traditional medical equipment and dangers these environments present to patient and caregiver.

Proposed New ASTM Emergency Medical Services Standard Focuses on Equipment for Mass Casualty Events

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Press release date: May 20, 2009

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 20 May 2009-Mass casualty events, including both natural disasters and man-made events, subject caregivers, patients and medical equipment to environmental extremes. A new standard being developed by ASTM International Committee F30 on Emergency Medical Services provides guidance for how medical equipment is expected to perform under the severe conditions of a mass casualty event. The proposed standard, ASTM WK23835, Specification for Environmental Requirements for Medical Equipment Used in Mass Casualty Events, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F30.01 on EMS Equipment. "Traditional environments require medical devices to meet temperature, dust, moisture, altitude, shock and vibration, and electromagnetic compatibility requirements," says Leslie Sherman, president, Impact Instrumentation Inc., and vice chair of Committee F30. "At a mass casualty event there can be exacerbating factors that go beyond traditional environmental concerns and this is what the proposed standard intends to address." According to Sherman, ASTM WK23835 will be used to educate and assist those involved in the selection of medical equipment for mass casualty care preparedness. "The educational aspect of the proposed standard will focus on how nontraditional environments can have deleterious effects on the operation of traditional medical equipment and the dangers these environments present to patient and caregiver," says Sherman. Individuals responsible for selecting medical devices for mass casualty events will be the primary users of the proposed standard. These individuals include those based in local to federal government, emergency services and private industry. Sherman notes that recipients of federal grants in support of efforts to mitigate the effects of a mass casualty event will benefit considerably from ASTM WK23835, which will help grantees to understand the conditions in which medical devices will be expected to operate. All interested parties, particularly those with firsthand practical experience at mass casualty events, are invited to join in the continuing development of ASTM WK23835. For technical Information, contact Leslie Sherman, Impact Instrumentation Inc., West Caldwell, N.J. (phone: 973-882-1212; ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. ASTM's open consensus process, using advanced Internet-based standards development tools, ensures worldwide access for all interested individuals. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, please contact Scott Orthey, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9730; Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe. Contact: Barbara Schindler
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