In 2020 we were approached by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and The Prince of Wales Hospital to collaborate on a new project to assist in the design and manufacture of a new product that would help address the challenges of COVID-19, and support critical care nurses and their patients in the ICU ward.
Currently patients that are in the ICU who require transport, need to be disconnected and then reconnected to vital life support equipment during the transportation process. To reduce the risk of errors when moving patients we have designed together with UNSW a new ICU Tower Trolley which no longer needs to be disconnected for patient transport. This state of the art ICU Tower Trolley is the first of its kind nationwide.
With different types of hospital beds throughout the hospital we also manufactured a mechanical connection that works across multiple types of beds. The ICU Tower Trolleys have also been tested when transporting patients across multiple types of flooring, ranging in heights to ensure they trolleys would perform at the highest of standards no matter where the patient was being transported.
To assist in getting these new and vital products off the ground the NSW Government launched a R&D Innovation Challenge with a share of over $500,000 in funding on offer. More than 110 businesses had applied and we were recognised as winners in our Local category in 2020. The Prince of Wales Hospital currently have 25 ICU Tower Trolleys and this funding allowed us to design, review, test and manufacture these units. We hope that the ICU Tower Trolley's can be distributed nationwide amongst all hospitals throughout 2023 and beyond.
The video below, produced by UNSW shows further insight into the exciting project over the past 2 years.