From the genius of multi award-winning inventor, David E. T. Garman OBE, comes a new product set to revolutionise moving and handling in healthcare around the world.
The AIR CRADLE®
Finalist for 'Best New Concept'
The Blackwood Design Awards 2019
The AIR CRADLE® Patient Transfer System
The revolutionary AIR CRADLE® patient transfer system is an alternative to hoists and slings used around the world in patient transfer. The system, which ingeniously uses low air pressure, is set to revolutionise moving and handling in healthcare around the world.
David E. T. Garman Concepts Ltd, which has developed the product and owns the international intellectual property, has good working prototypes, though these will be further finessed over time.
The company is not affiliated with any academic institution, nor in any way connected with any manufacturing company.
The product is not yet quite "market ready"; CE marking has yet to be sought. However, proof of concept can clearly be demonstrated. Indeed the prototypes have already been positively reported on in TalkBack, the quarterly magazine of British medical research charity BackCare.
The AIR CRADLE® patient transfer system was a finalist in The Blackwood Design Awards 2019 'BEST NEW CONCEPT' category.
Key benefits of the product concept include its:
✓ comfort, dignity and safety for patients, including those requiring particularly delicate handling and transfer, or those with a phobia of being hoisted, or those who would simply prefer not to be hoisted, or whose care plans forbid that they be hoisted
✓ ability, using pneumatics, 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
✓ important effect of always having the AIR CRADLE® under the patient and on a bed or chair or mobile transfer height-adjusting platform, meaning that one avoids: (a) the carer having to lift the patient; or (b) the risk to the patient of being suspended above the ground
✓ low cost
✓ potential availability in a range of useful sizes (small to bariatric) and with optional extras such as a belt, an additional head rest and even a toileting-aperture
✓ simplicity and speed of use
✓ ease to keep clean
✓ quietness of use, powered by its unique AIR CRADLE PIP® air compressor
✓ ease of storage in a very small space
✓ light weight – the AIR CRADLE® weighs just 3 kg!
✓ easy portability, including up stairs, in luggage
✓ easy transportation, in a small car or on a bicycle
✓ potential use in a home lift; and
✓ ability to transfer a person over more than a minimum distance
David E. T. Garman Concepts Ltd. is looking for potential investors and intellectual property licensees for the AIR CRADLE® patient transfer system. To express an interest, please contact Rupert Talbot-Garman, Managing & Legal Affairs Director, using the form below.
1. From supine on bed to seated in AIR CRADLE
2. Longitudinal movement on bed + Standing at bottom of bed
3. 90 degree turn on bed + Lift to standing
4. Getting into bed from standing
5. Single Carer Operation from supine on bed to seated in AIR CRADLE
6. Removal of AIR CRADLE while seated in chair
7. Re-insertion of AIR CRADLE while seated in chair
8. Seated in AIR CRADLE back to supine in bed
About David Garman, co-inventor of the AIR CRADLE®
David Garman OBE invented, designed and manufactured the world's first portable powered bath lift, as well as a range of other patient lifting and handling equipment now used internationally in private homes, day centres, hospitals and care homes, and by ambulance services and emergency responders.
In 1981 he founded Mangar International Ltd, based in mid-Wales. It was sold in January 2014, by which time it was a successful international company, but David didn't stop inventing. Indeed, he insisted his best product ever was yet to reach the market: The AIR CRADLE® Patient Transfer System.
In 2007 David was awarded the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) Lifetime Service Award and in the Queen's New Years Honours 2015 he was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare.
David died on 4th January 2019 but his remarkable legacy lives on through his pioneering inventions and his family company: David E. T. Garman Concepts Ltd. His death was recognised by international publications including the BBC, The Times and The Telegraph, as well as leading healthcare industry publications such as COLUMN and THIIS magazines.
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David E. T. Garman Concepts Ltd. is looking for potential investors and intellectual property licensees for the AIR CRADLE® patient transfer system.
To express an interest, please use the form below.
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Please note the following points about these mini-videos and the AIR CRADLE® patient transfer system in general:
These videos show our prototypes in actionThe two young men in the videos are not nurses. The system is straightforward to use and will not require complex training, but there may be opportunities to refine the procedure around manual handling and infection controlThe first transfer is shown in real time so you can gauge how long it takes. After that we have speeded up some of the inflation sequencesThe system can be used on any bed, however basic or sophisticated, save for bunk bedsThe AIR CRADLE® works best with its specially designed very quiet two-pressure pump, the AIR CRADLE PIP®, which is controlled by buttons to lower the pressure inside the AIR CRADLE® to a set value for increased comfort or increase pressure to facilitate transfersThe AIR CRADLE® itself weighs around just 3 kgsThe AIR CRADLE PIP® pump is battery powered for ease of use and the prototype weighs about 4 kgs