Stryker EMS manufactures ambulance cots, cot fasteners, stair chairs and lateral transfer devices for the pre-hospital patient handling markets around the world. Our focus has been to: improve the ergonomics and decrease exposure to injury for the caregivers who use our products and
- improve the ergonomics and decrease exposure to injury for the caregivers who use our products and improve the safety and efficacy
- improve the safety and efficacy for the patient. One significant risk that remains is transferring a patient on and off of the cot.
Currently, Stryker has a product called the Glide Lateral Air Transfer Device. Two limitations of the current technology is that the device 1) needs to be plugged into a wall outlet and 2) needs to be washed and is not easy to clean. The project team will lead the design effort to create a next-generation product prototype that is superior to the current device.
The students should provide multiple solutions/concepts and estimate the ergonomic improvement, effects on the caregiver, and the business plan/return on investment of the proposed solutions. The team in collaboration with Stryker will select a single concept and evaluate the concept in greater depth by designing, engineering, and prototyping. The prototype can then be used to verify that the market acceptance, technical feasibility, and ergonomic improvement objectives have been achieved.