In collaboration with startup Retter Helfer Medical, Dutch design firm Studio Rotor is working on a featherweight patient transport alternative for ambulance personnel. The Multi Scoop Pro employs a patented system that enables it to transform from a flat stretcher to a wheelchair in a jiffy.
As part of their research that focuses on the work of paramedics, Studio Rotor found that numerous modern ambulances have replaced regular manual stretchers by electric stretchers. It is worth mentioning here that these electric stretchers weigh in at 60Kgs and more.
As a result, emergency personnel would normally opt to leave these burdensome stretchers in the vehicle, and carry all required pieces of equipment by hands where it was needed. The research also revealed that quite a few ambulances had a scoop stretcher for lifting patients off the ground.
The designers made every effort to come up with a perfect combination of a scoop stretcher and a weightless wheelchair. This would help paramedics to trundle equipment simultaneously in wheelchair mode, giving them a choice to either uses it as a scoop stretcher or simply accommodate the patient in the wheelchair to take back to the vehicle.
Weighing in at only 10Kg (22lb), the Multi Scoop Pro can be effectively used as an ambulance stretcher with scoop facility that can be unlocked into a couple of sections, placed under a patient and fastened for transport mode.
Before the device transforms into a wheelchair shape, a user can pull out and lock wheel components into place. It can come in handy when there's a need to carry emergency equipment to a location. Moreover, the footrests can also be pulled out, enabling the user to wheel the patient without any sort of inconvenience.
Touted as a working prototype, Retter Helfer Medical is currently improving the concept along with IDP Amsterdam, aiming to make the Multi Scoop Pro available to the public towards the end of this year.
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