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Nueva silla de ruedas con mecanismo de elevación incorporado para transferencia del paciente

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOES20170313003
Publicado:
23/03/2017
Caducidad:
23/03/2018
Resumen:
Una start-up española especializada en diseñar ayudas técnicas para discapacitados y personas mayores ha desarrollado una silla de ruedas eléctrica que permite la transferencia del paciente sin utilizar los mecanismos de elevación clásicos y sin que el cuidador tenga que realizar un importante esfuerzo. Este mecanismo permite trasladar a personas discapacitadas o dependientes desde la silla de ruedas hasta cualquier superficie (cama, aseo, cama de hospital, etc.) y viceversa. El dispositivo puede emplearse en cualquier parte y ofrece una excelente capacidad de maniobra en espacios reducidos, además de un precio más reducido porque combina en un solo producto las funciones de una silla de ruedas y del mecanismo de elevación. La empresa busca compañías interesadas en establecer acuerdos de licencia y comercialización con asistencia técnica, así como inversores de capital para formar una joint venture.

Details

Tittle:
Innovative electric wheelchair that incorporates a lifting mechanism that allows the transferring of the patient
Summary:
A Spanish start-up company, from a technical university focused in developing support devices for disability and elder people, has developed an electric wheelchair that enables to transfer the disabled person without using classic lifts and making low efforts by the caregiver. The start-up is looking for companies interested in licensing and/or commercial agreement with technical assistance, and/or capital investors for a joint venture.
Description:
Transferring disabled persons or dependent elderly persons from a wheelchair to a bed, a toilet, etc., or vice versa, is a complicated task even for several people. This is due to the effort required can lead to serious health problems for caregivers, ranging from muscular pains to lumbago or hernias which lead to sick leave as a result of this activity. The use of support mechanisms, as a cranes or independent transfer and lift systems can reduce the physical effort of the caregivers. On the contrary these systems are expensive and require additional space, in the care room, to manage and store them. And this systems are not can be used in outdoors.

A Spanish company that focuses on design and manufacture innovated support products for the elderly and people with disability or mobility problems has developed an innovative electric wheelchair that incorporates a lifting mechanism, which makes it possible to transfer a disabled or dependent person from the wheelchair to any desired surface, such as a bed, a toilet, a hospital bed, etc. and vice versa.

The device comprises a seat elevating mechanism and a lifting mechanism. The seat elevating mechanism makes it possible to situate the person at the desired height, i.e. at the same height as the surface where disable person must be positioned.

This wheelchair enables the transfer of the disabled person without need to use classic lifts and, in turn, allows the caregiver to execute the movement without making any type of effort. In this way facilitating the personal hygiene of the dependent person and providing greater safety during the transfer, improves the quality of life of the caregivers and of the disabled persons.

Moreover, this device provides advantages over transfer lifts since, on comprising a lifting mechanism included in the chair, it can be used anywhere, both outdoors and indoors, and offers good manoeuvrability in small spaces and lower price than the sum of a wheelchair and a lift. The electric wheelchair simultaneously offers the features of an electric wheelchair and of a transfer lift, with an optimum level of efficiency in both aspects. It also saves a lot of room because the classical lift should not be available.

The company has successfully finished a transference wheelchair prototype and is looking for company interested in license agreement for commercial exploitation and/or investors for joint venture.

The company is also open to a commercial agreement with technical assistance if the interested company has the necessary financial and technical resources to ensure a proper production.
Advantages and Innovations:
- Brings together the advantages of electric wheelchairs and lifts mechanisms reducing the costs of having to buy both. The saving cost is higher than 25%.
- Can be used anywhere, both outdoors and indoors, and offers good manoeuvrability in small spaces or whenever required.
- Rigid chassis specially designed for exterior and irregular surfaces.
- The transfer runtime is reduced approximately by 50%.
- Reduce de back injuries of the caregivers about 90%. The electric wheelchair allows the caregiver to transfer the user without running the risk of back injuries and/or hernias that appear after a certain period of time using traditional aid devices.
- Drastic reduction of the room´s space occupied by disabled caring equipment.
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
IPs:
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
PCT applied in February 2016

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Type of partner sought: manufacturing companies for license agreement, commercial agreement with technical assistance and/or joint venture.
Venture capital firms for joint venture. Business angels. Investors
Specific area of activity: medical device manufacturer, medical equipment, orthopedic materials manufacturer. Venture capital investor and/or seed capital investor in the health sector. Business angels
Task to be performed: license agreement, commercial agreement with technical assistance and/or joint venture in manufacturing company. Joint venture in venture capital firms, business angels or investors.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English
Spanish

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
06001023 Mobiliario médico
02008005 Road Transport
06001013 Tecnología médica / ingeniería biomédica