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Aceso

THE ONLY PURPOSE BUILT AMBULANCE AVAILABLE TODAY

Conceived and designed from the outset to address the issues and problems of current ambulance conversions and to introduce new ideas and technology that elevate patient care to a whole new level.

The ACESO is the only purpose built ambulance available today. All current ambulances being based on commercial vehicle chassis cab configurations from various OEMs.

CEO and Chief Engineer Phil Bevan said: “when you remove the constraints of trying to make a modern ambulance that’s fit for purpose from an outdated and inappropriate base vehicle you enter the realm of new possibilities in treating patients, improving the working environment for the paramedic crew and overall patient outcomes. Our unique approach is to start with a blank sheet and design the ambulance around the patient. After many hours of research and collaboration with ambulance authorities and paramedics the ACESO concept was born”.

The ACESO incorporates so many advances in ambulance design, the key points being outlined below.

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  • Stainless steel chassis guaranteed for the life of the vehicle
  • The chassis sits low in the vehicle helping to create a higher inner treatment area, allowing the paramedic and patient to stand upright.
  • The front cab seats are set forward above the engine giving a higher driving position and freeing up more space for the treatment area. 1.2 metres longer than existing ambulances
  • GRP composite epoxy antibacterial outer body and interior construction with inner stainless steel tubular reinforcement
  • Inner treatment area moulded in a one piece seamless process eliminating joint lines helping to reduce bacteria build up
  • Double rear axle with active air suspension, providing a smooth ride.
  • Electrically operated rear tailgate and slide out ramp linked to the airbag suspension which deflates the airbags to lower the rear to the ground once the tailgate is activated. This allows the stretcher to be rolled out at ground level
  • High level side windows allowing no vision in but vision out for standing paramedics inside
  • Front, rear and side facing blue lights
  • External floodlights around the vehicle
  • External cameras for rear vision and 360 degree vehicle coverage outside
  • Reclining driving and passenger seats have air suspension for greater comfort
  • The steering wheel and pedal positions are adjustable to suit the driver
  • The passenger seat has a pull out worktop facility for laptop use
  • There is a lockable sliding door with a vision panel behind the front seats giving access to the treatment area from the front cab
  • The side door into the treatment area opens on a pantograph / slider mechanism keeping the door tight to the ambulance side

The overall length, height and width is within that of a current ambulance

PERFORMANCE
  • The ambulance is powered by 6.6 litre turbo diesel driving an automatic gearbox. The large capacity of the engine was chosen as it provides ample power for the ambulance while offering maximum economy due to its high torque characteristics at very low rpm. We estimate 980rpm at 70mph
  • The ACESO can be fitted with a speed limiter if required
  • The ACESO is fitted with a comprehensive telematics system which monitors all aspects of the vehicles movements and driving characteristics
  • The engine is designed to run on multiple fuel choices from regular diesel to biodiesel (vegetable / cooking oil) and LPG.
  • In an effort to cut carbon and particulate emissions the ACESO generates its own Hydroxy gas which is injected into the engine between tick over and ramp up to its optimum operating window. The result is that the much higher burn rate of hydrogen eliminates the soot and particulates from the over rich diesel mixture in this cycle to virtually zero making it one of the cleanest running diesel engines on offer today.
  • We offer the ACESO in two, four and six wheel drive to suit rough terrain applications
  • The inbuilt anti lean system means that the ACESO slightly leans into corners to help keep the vehicle level
  • The ACESO has a comprehensive heating and air conditioning system both in the cab and rear treatment area with filtration

 

Patient treatment Area
  • The ACESO has the largest treatment area of any current ambulance. The internal height is 2150mm, the length is 4190mm and the width is 1900mm at the widest point. The overall internal length is 1200mm longer than existing ambulances
  • The patient stretcher is located centrally with the paramedics chair mounted on floor rails at the stretcher head. This that enables the paramedic to swing around the patient from side to side while being seated with the seat belts on.
  • The stretcher once locked in place can be moved forwards and aft and side to side giving the paramedic total access to anywhere on the patients body
  • The seated paramedic once on the move swings their chair round to the left side facing forwards next to the patient. A fold down worktop is located in the vehicles adjacent side panel which drops to give the paramedic a work surface for a laptop enabling them to write up the patient notes while on route.
  • Two fold down seat belted chairs are located in the rear of the cabin sides for relatives and family member travelling along
  • The interior has no sharp edges or angled corners. All are rounded off to help avoid any potential injuries to staff or patients
  • The ACESO is fitted with a rear and a front mounted monitor, together with built in cupboards to house the required consumables, drugs and equipment.
  • A central roof track system above the stretcher is fitted with a monitor with a video link directly to the hospital surgery facility so that a surgeon can advise / oversee treatment if required
  • An X ray machine is also mounted on this track for use in suspected fractures and to travel up and down the vehicle to eliminate any bacteria / virus once emptied of patient and paramedics, saving many hours of down time in the current system of deep cleaning.
  • The inner lighting comprises of overhead task lights and perimeter colour changing LED mood background lighting. The later can be dimmed to create a less clinical softer feel to help relax the patient, especially so for children.
SERVICING / RUNNING COSTS
  • We recommend engine oil changes every 100,000 miles with an oil filter change every six months. Due to the low revving nature of the engine the oil characteristics are preserved for a longer time when compared to conventional diesel engines
  • Service intervals are annually
  • We estimate a fuel consumption average of 46mpg which is around 23mpg greater than current ambulances saving millions of pounds each in fuel alone for ambulance fleet managers
  • The overall cost of the ACESO is greater than that of the conventional box ambulance conversion. But when you take into account the much longer ACESO lifespan and the dramatic reduction in fuel and service / repair costs, the monthly leasing terms are less than any other current ambulance.

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