Flux is a stair chair that allows the EMT operator to lift the patient easier and transport the patient effectively at stairs. Also the unique feature of this product is the transformation from lying position to sitting position.
EMT is considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs in America
During the research, EMT operators are considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs in America. 21,300 EMT operators were injured in 2014 and they are 21 times more dangerous than the national average. Most of the injuries occurs due to sprains and strains and they come from lifting the patients up.
EMT has a lifting related injury 21 times more than the national average
of the sprains and strains injuries come from lifitng patients
emergency medical technicians got injured in 2014
Lifiing up 200-400 pound person can cause a serious back injury. Majority of the injuries are from lifting up the patients.
When the EMT arrives to the patient, there are a lot of repetitive movement during the process. These repetitive movements can increase the risk of injuries.
While lifting up the patient in a compact space can be done in an awkward position.
The product will transport the patient easier and faster within the small space or stairs
Instead of lifting the patient vertically, the product will lift up the patient diagonally so that the emt will use less force
transforming from lying positoin to sitting position can elminate a step while transporting the patient
making a easier and less-lifting can make less injuries for the emts.
Initial idea was to design something that transforms from lying position to sitting position.
After ideation, developing for stair use and the mechanisms that would be involved were critical and important. This scaled model represents a study for the structure and mechanism of the model.
Made a full scale prototype without the sliding mechanism to test if the chair can lift up a person from lying position.