What is it?
A stretcher specifically designed to transport infants from one hospital to another.
What does it do?
Special medical devices have been mounted to the gurney for neonatal care. These devices include a portable incubator, a respiration monitor, infusion pumps and a medical gas supply.
Why is this useful?
Hospitals are becoming increasingly experienced in the provision of targeted (premature) neonatal care. This care sometimes requires infants to be transported from one hospital to another; transportation that should be handled in a safe and medically responsible manner using an incubation stretcher.
What are the benefits?
The incubation stretcher consists of a chassis, a trolley and an innovative gurney whose modular design allows for client-specific adaptations. Most hospitals prefer to work with their own equipment configurations. The gurney is mounted on existing trolley fixation points to facilitate maintenance and repair. The middle frame is constructed out of lightweight carbon. (Stretchers are regularly lifted and must therefore be as light as possible.) A crumple zone was included as an additional safety measure.
User-friendliness is essential to this product. During the design process, a life-size model was created in order to assess the final product with the client at an early stage. The users were not the only ones to contribute to the design: the nursing and maintenance staff were also involved in the process. Periodic, preventative and corrective maintenance can ultimately be done in-house.
What do we think?
“Designing products that contribute to optimal patient care is a wonderful job,” says project leader Paul Laeven.
Id-AzM (Nick Braken, equipment manager at the Department of Neonatology)
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