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Movi Medical Releases an Innovative Breakthrough in Wheelchair Design
Date:4/10/2013

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care workers involved in moving patients have one of the highest incidences of back injury of any industry. The Movi, with its built-in patient assist lift, reduces the assistance required from the caregiver, thereby reducing risk of injury to both the patient and the professional. The patient-assist lift helps a patient stand by raising his or her center of gravity until centered over the legs, mimicking the biomechanics of standing from a seated position. Transport personnel are not required to lift a patient's total weight, reducing the chance for injury or accidental falls for both patient and nurse.

With new models of reimbursement affecting healthcare institutions, the Movi's design reflects the needs of today's healthcare economy through two goals: fewer injuries to patients from slips and falls and the reduction of healthcare worker losses due to injury from repetitive motion and lifting strain. The Movi makes significant contributions to the real world in which today's healthcare managers operate.

Lloyd Cooper , CEO of Push Design, was hired by Ferniany and UAB Health System to lead the product design effort. Cooper's motivation was inspired by the personal experience of his father, who had had been permanently confined to a wheelchair and suffered a sharp decline in his quality of life.

"My father was 87," Cooper said, "He'd fallen twice and had broken both hips. Eventually, he had to use a wheelchair on a permanent basis. We purchased a high-end chair, yet it still came with bad ergonomics. It was awkward to move. He could only sit for a short time before his body slumped forward, making it difficult to breathe properly and placing additional pressure on his back. Sitting wore him out. But worst of all, his quality of life was significantly diminished as well as the lives of those who cared for him."

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