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Woman invents device to help lift patients safely

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2019-08-02 14:07

About the solution

After spending six years developing this product, Diane came up with a patented lifting belt that can easily be placed on a person who has fallen and needs assistance to get back on their feet.

“Applying the belt, lifting the patient, and then removing the belt can be done in less than 5 minutes”, says on the official website.

The device can accommodate the small and frail patient, all the way up to the morbidly obese patient. It helps to prevent skin tears, bruising, dislocations and other problems.

The idea for this device came when the firefighter and her team found a 600-pound man sitting on his bedroom floor. He wasn’t injured, just needing help to stand up.

The team tried to lift the man by his arms and then tried to lift him by wrapping a sheet around his torso. Nothing worked.

This made Diane go looking for a solution. But she wasn’t able to find a product that would help in these situations. So she took action and built her own device, after creating several prototypes.

Then she was encouraged to market the belt so that other fire departments, ambulance companies, hospitals and others would benefit from the Vetter Belt. So she created her own company to commercialise the invention.

The Vetter Belt was field-tested for five years by firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and healthcare professionals.

The belt can be bought online from $250.

Adapted from: https://bit.ly/2T06FLI

More info: https://vetterbelt.com/

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About the author

Diane Vetter, from the USA, was a firefighter when she developed the Vetter Belt, a patented device designed to lift patients safely. She created this solution for a problem she and other colleagues faced: how to safely help patients get back on their feet after they have fallen.

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