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The Development of an Innovative low cost fully collapsible lightweight emergency stretcher trolley to minimise handling Injuries using improved inflatable lifting Technology


More than a third of all severe and major injuries reported each year to EU health authorities around 525 000 are caused by manual handling. In particular healthcare workers are under extreme risk mainly due to patient handling and the growing obesity problem 400 000 new cases pain Europe. This represents an approximated cost of 105M p a to the health services around Europe. This proposal will develop a new concept of patient handling featuring a fully collapsible lightweight trolley that operates on inflatable structures specially integrated with a plastic frame to provide a pneumatic suspension system. The trolley will operate on lifting cushions made of advanced polyurethane coated nylon fabric, which use air power to lift the patient from the totally flat position to the required height. It will be able to adjust ergonomically to the patient which is particularly important in spine and head injuries.

It will be cheaper than current market leaders mainly Ferno and Stryker both in the USA and will be the only one providing a safe working environment for healthcare staff without the risk of back injuries. However the market leaders and new manufacturers in India and China are coming up with power- assisted trolleys that may become fully collapsible in the near future. As European SMEs we urgently need to benefit from this opportunity in the patient handling market before our competitors do. However the only way we can overcome the scientific and technological obstacles inherent to our innovation is through a cooperative partnership involving Research and Development institutions.

Our innovations in advanced light weight thin textile laminates rapid inflation and deflation systems and innovative industrial design will enable us to achieve our goals Therefore there is a clear opportunity to introduce an innovative patient handling solution that provides a no lifting environment targeting a global market worth 441M p.a.

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