Easy Patient Transport System for Rural Hospitals: A Proposed System

By: Kevin Gnanaraj, T Vijay Kanth, Babu Rao, Rajkumar Rai, Joysingh J, Rabindran I, Dr. J. Gnanaraj | Published: JAN 2018 Volume: 7

BACKGROUND

The Lancet commission on Global Surgery estimates the need for surgical procedures at 5,000 per 100,000 population every year [1]. To provide this need a surgical workforce of about 20 are needed per 100,000 population. Unfortunately, in rural areas the current rate is less than 200 per 100,000 population and the few available facilities have serious lack of infrastructure due to constraints of space. Moving patients especially up and down stairs are very difficult [2].

THE PROPOSAL

The proposal is to produce a transport device that is smaller than 2 x 2 feet that has the capability of transporting the patient in an erect position and has the capability of fitting into a 2 x 2 feet lifting device in the stairs.

METHOD

The base unit is a 4-wheel multidirectional unit that could be pushed around.


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