Date of Defense


First Advisor

Dr. James Kamman

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard Hathaway


People in hospitals depend on stretchers every day. Injury can occur when the stretcher is not low enough, making it difficult for patients to get onto it. When this happens nurses must lift patients, creating situations where injury to the nurse or patient could occur. A new stretcher was designed that can be lowered closer to the ground to prevent these injuries. Computer aided engineering software was used to design a jack that will allow the stretcher to be lowered closer to the ground,thus preventing these situations. The new design achieves this by altering the crossbar of the litter as well as lengthening the travel of the jack by extending its components.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only