Emergency medical care students donate bicycle ambulance
Ehren Ngo, MS, EMT-P, EMC program director (left); Lisa Beardsley, PhD, MPH, vice chancellor, academic affairs; Allen Patee; Richard Hart, MD, DrPH, chancellor; Steven Richardson; Jakub Jagielinski; Eli Cuenca; Jonathan Zygowiec; J. Lynn Martell, DMin vice chancellor, advancement; James Goss, EMT-P, instructor in the EMC program; and Jeff Olson pose with a picture of a bicycle ambulance, which the EMC students presented to the University administration as a memento of their class gift.
The 2005 bachelor’s students in the emergency medical care (EMC) students in the School of Allied Health Professions chose an unusual class gift for the University. No one at the University can use this gift, but on the school’s behalf, the bicycle ambulance could save the lives of people far away.
EMC student Jonathan Zygowiec pitched the idea to his classmates.
“I was doing a project for another class on human relief efforts in the world and heard about a [music] video from Sarah McLachlan entitled ‘World on Fire,’ Mr. Zygowiec says. “The music video is on her website and the gist of the video is that all the money that would have been spent on production was used for charity.”
Ms. McLachlan’s website lists the companies where the donations were made, Mr. Zygowiec says, and that’s where he found the company that produces bicycle ambulances, Intermediate Technology Group.
“Since our program is designed around pre-hospital medicine, I thought it would be great to benefit another country [that lacks] the resources we take for granted,” he says.
Intermediate Technology Development Group is a British organization with experience working in implementing innovative technology in developing countries.
In most of the countries receiving bicycle ambulances, health care consists of a few scattered clinics, often at some distance from the villages. When individuals become sick or are injured, there is often no way to transport them to the nearest clinic, according to EMC program director Ehren Ngo, MS, EMT-P.
Bicycle ambulances allow local villagers to transport the sick or injured over relatively great distances in a short amount of time.
“Without this means of transportation, some patients would likely die before reaching any medical care,” Mr. Ngo says.