Design Conjecture: R.L.S



The Rotating Litter System, R.L.S., is an innovation of a pre-existing feature. The military already possesses stanchions, which are large stands made to rest litters on, on a majority of their mass transport vehicles. These structures are normally just metal pipes and frames with arms extended to hold litters. This still leaves us with the problem of storing and loading people in an efficient manner. What the R.L.S. does is take advantage of already common motor functions and mechanics. These functions are applied within the system of stanchions to allow the user to use some sort of mechanism, a foot pedal in this instance to rotate the arms on the stanchions. This would allow the already limited number of medics to focus solely on triaging those who need it rather than be occupied by the constant task of having to pick up, carry, and safely put someone on one of these stanchions. One person can manage one or more stanchions where all they have to do is rotate the arms to the ground, slide the litter on it, and raise them up to prep for the next litter.


What’s been most important to me, not just this conjecture, but all of them is how I am able to challenge and approach these unfamiliar situations. I have never been a part of the military and I have never been in an MCI, so gaining first-hand knowledge can be a challenge. However, the more people I get to talk to, the more I get to learn through their experiences. It allows me to challenge more than just products, it gives me the opportunity to challenge how we use products, procedures, and ideas, and why we have things in place if they may not be what’s best for everyone in a situation. I’ve gotten the chance to visualize ideas and concept that looks at situations and finds problems that I wouldn’t have been able to see just by scratching the surface.