AAT raises the bar in safe, single-handed transfer of patients

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For front-line ambulance crews, a daily issue is the safe transfer of patients with reduced mobility- transfer that is safe for the patient AND for the paramedic team.

AAT’s C-Max U2 ambulance stairclimber is a compact solution that enables even the slightest crew member to safely and smoothly transport patients up to 230kg with reduced mobility. It moves them from upstairs at home or hospital into the ambulance, and then safely  to their destination irrespective of stairs encountered en-route.

The battery operated unit is kinetically powered to propel the patient smoothly up and down stairs, including narrow and/or turned flights, and into the ambulance. The in-vehicle CEN-approved rear impact securing system enables the patient to remain in the stairclimber during the journey, minimising transfers.

The equipment enables the process to be executed by just one or two team members, depending on operational protocols. Thus, even the largest obese patient can be moved efficiently, with minimal transfers, without deployment of additional, multiple crews/ personnel. The AAT C-Max U2 thereby reduces loading and strain on staff, significantly cutting work-related injuries and sickness and consequent costs.

Accessories including holding devices for oxygen tanks and a Universal Back to ensure every patient can be supported and secured during the transfer process are available.

When not in use, the C-Max U2 folds to stow compactly away, optimising space.

“The business case for using a stairclimber in ambulances is irrefutable,” says Peter Wingrave, AAT Director. “Numerous Services have already adopted the c-max and are seeing proven, tangible improvements in both customer satisfaction, improved passenger safety during transfer, and staff health & wellbeing. Indeed, users have themselves described our equipment as an ‘uplifting solution to a weighty problem’.”

To demonstrate how the AAT C-Max works, and help potential customers understand the business case, AAT has produced a short video available on YouTube (https://youtu.be/Wt8MBNzbEZA ). Full details are also available on the website

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