Created by award-winning British inventor David E. T. Garman OBE, the AIR CRADLE Patient Transfer System was a finalist in the prestigious Blackwood Design Awards 2019 and is expected to prove a “disruptive innovation” to the market.
The AIR CRADLE was the last invention of David E. T. Garman OBE, who passed on the 4th of January 2019 and was the founder of Mangar International. His professional legacy lives on through his pioneering inventions and David E. T. Garman Concepts Ltd, which is owned by his family and was founded in September 2013.
David wanted to create a new means of moving and handling patients in a more dignified, safer, less stressful and discomfort-free manner.
Commenting on the AIR CRADLE Patient Transfer System, the company said: “The AIR CRADLE Patient Transfer System is a helpful, unique and revolutionary, safe, dignified, convenient, easy-to-use, easy-to-store and cost-effective alternative to hoists and slings used around the world in patient transfer.”
The system provides comfort, dignity and safety for patients and has the ability to sit a person up from the supine position or lie them down from the seated position, as well as slide easily from surface to surface.
Its sizing options range from small to bariatric and has the potential for extras, such as a belt, head rest and toileting-aperture.
Weighing 3kg, the AIR CRADLE boasts easy storage, portability and transportation, allowing it to be stored in small spaces or be taken on public transport, such as buses and trains. The company also says that it is simple and quick to use, easy to keep clean, quiet and can be used in a home lift.
With these key features in mind, David E. T. Garman Concepts believes that the AIR CRADLE Patient Transfer System is likely to prove an important and well-known `disruptive innovation´.
In addition, on 7th May 2019, the AIR CRADLE Patient Transfer System was shortlisted in the coveted Blackwood Design Awards 2019 ‘Best New Concept’ category and on 15th May, it was one of the category´s two finalists.
David E. T. Garman Concepts´ managing & legal affairs director, Rupert Talbot-Garman, commented: “Though the AIR CRADLE® Patient Transfer System was a finalist in The Blackwood Design Awards 2019, true success in relation to it will only be felt once end users and their carers are able to benefit from it.
“There is already demand for the AIR CRADLE® Patient Transfer System, particularly from those who need assistance to get in and out of bed.”
Blackwood said: “The AIR CRADLE® Patient Transfer System impressed the judges with its progressive and inventive approach to an alternative to hoist systems. Unfortunately it lost on the day, but it´s a promising concept that we´re sure will see success once a fully-fledged product.”
Now, David E. T. Garman Concepts is looking for suitable investors to help the company take the AIR CRADLE Patient Transfer System through to the next stage of CE marking and commercialisation; and intellectual property licensees to take the AIR CRADLE Patient Transfer System to market around the world.