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Easy positioning of in-bed patients with reduced mobility

Objective

The Need The in-bed positioning of patients with limited mobility is of major importance in order to prevent the worsening of their health condition and improve their comfort. The lack of autonomy to undertake basic movements and postural changes causes anguish and discomfort in these patients. Nowadays, nurses need to change manually the position of patients every 2 to 4 hours. The manual handling of patients is reported to cause an outstanding amount of work-related back injuries, with 85% of nurses suffering back injury at some point in their career. These injuries account for 15 billion lost working days each year, bringing annual cost of approximately €6billion to the European hospitals. The Market Revenues in the hospital specialty beds market reached approximately €800 million in Europe in 2005, with an annual growth rate of 9% as a consequence of the population aging. Despite the existing mentioned strong demand for a system enabling patients improved mobility, there is not a satisfactory product in the market. The aim of this project is to enable European SMEs to either enter or strengthen their competitive positioning in the specialty bed market by working together with world class RTD performers in the development of new technology that fills unmet market needs. The Solution Our project aims to design and validate a specialty bed with a positioning functionality that allows patients with limited mobility to change their position in bed without need of assistance from hospital personnel. An actuator system will change the bed configuration in order to assist comfortable lateral rotation and sitting positions. To facilitate that elderly people can use the assistive system, an intuitive user interface will be implemented based in an intelligent sensing system that interprets the movement intended by the patient and activate a servo-actuator system accordingly. This system avoids the need of remote controllers, ensuring autonomy for elderly patients

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

INDUSTRIAS TOBIA S.A.
Address
Calleja Vieja 62-64
26080 Logroño
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 317 629
Administrative Contact
Fernando Tobia (Mr.)

Participants (9)

LINCIS SOLUCOES INTEGRADAS PARA SISTEMAS DE INFORMACAO LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 74 735
Address
Av Senhor Da Paciencia 36 B
4705-448 Braga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adelino Silva (Mr.)
FOS FASEROPTISCHE SYSTEME MESSTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 370 538
Address
Rutgersstrasse 40
24790 Schacht Audorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erhard Giese (Dr.)
PROTEO S.P.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 111 703
Address
Via Santa Sofia 65
95129 Catania (Ct)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberto Gueli (Mr.)
DYNAMIC MOTION SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 167 414
Address
Rue Fritz Courvoisier 105
2300 La Chaux De Fonds
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernard Vaucher (Mr.)
BP Techem SA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 33 106
Address
Ludwinowska Street 17
02856 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ewa Lada (Dr.)
QINETIQ LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 15 716
Address
Cody Technology Park Ively Road
GU14 0LX Farnborough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simon Brian Dodd (Dr.)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 7 804
Address
Calle Miguel Villanueva 2 6 Piso Puerta 3
26001 Logrono
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)
FUNDACION RIOJA SALUD-FRS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 15 771
Address
Calle Piqueras 98
26006 Logrono
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Javier De Juan (Mr.)
VIVISOL Srl
Italy
EU contribution
€ 36 072
Address
Via Gerolamo Borgazzi 27
20052 Monza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Quaggia (Dr.)