Inflatable Medical Systems

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Inflatables are a boatload of fun – no one’s arguing about that. However, as you know if you read this blog, they can be used for so much more than just bounce castles and inflatable slides. Just a few months ago, I wrote about inflatable medical tents that can be deployed anywhere medical assistance is needed:

“The inflatable, plug-and-play hospital… set up in Haiti consisted of 9 tents – each more than 1,000 square feet, according to Hocine Bouhabib, a logistics director at MSF. The tents have plastic-tile flooring, and are made from the same fabric used for inflatable lifeboats. Interior and exterior walls are constructed of nylon and space is left between them so air can be pumped in for an insulating effect.”

Little did I know, but inflatables are extremely important in the medical field beyond emergency hospital areas. Inflatables are actually used to help move patients around as well! A system made by a company in England just received a patent from the US to allow distribution, according to Thomas Net News:

“ ‘This particular patent is key to our company’s entry into an emerging new field of patient positioning, namely Safe Anatomic Positioning(TM), or the ability to raise, lower, and adjust selected parts of the body while the patient is on an operating table or in another hospital unit – without requiring nurses to manually lift patients and use towels or linens to prop them up,’ said Robert Weedling, founder and chairman of Airpal Patient Transfer Systems.”

Being able to position patients easily is key to the medical field’s efficiency and the safety of both patients and medical professionals. Lifting is one of the major reasons that nurses and assistants get hurt in hospital settings. Inflatable lifting systems make these injuries less likely to happen. They also make other options more readily available to the doctors:

“…the systems also have the capability of introducing heat, coolness, and pulsating pressure; enable improved patient hygiene; and offer a ventilating controlled incline capability that can automatically adjust the position of a patient in response to monitored changes in the patient’s breathing.”


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