Air-assisted patient transfer systems (AAPTS) are equipment used by caregivers to shift patients with impaired mobility between stretchers, beds, wheelchairs, shower benches, automobiles, commodes, toilets, chairs, swimming pools, and other patient support systems during procedures such as surgery, radiology, and other examinations. These devices are used to prevent immobility, work related injuries, life-threatening complications, and costly adverse events such as pressure ulcers and venous thromboembolism (VTE), patient falls, and health care associated infections such as pneumonia and urinary tract infections (UTI).
Best example of reduced mobility can be seen among the critically ill patients prescribed to take complete bed rest for longer durations. This can have adverse health consequences as after one week the same patient may lose up to 20% muscle strength. Air-assisted patient transfer systems play an important role in such conditions while improving care environments across the globe by creating cultural change, reducing the risk of life-threatening unfavorable events, improving the lives of people affected by reduced mobility, maintaining the comfort and dignity of the patients and provide a safe and secure working environment for caregivers.
The air-assisted patient transfer systems market has been segmented based on product type and end-user. Patients who are unable to move and cannot assist caregivers to move them completely depend on support hung from the ceiling or attached to the floor. Such devices are called patient lifts. Based on end-user, the market can be divided into hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health care, and others (trauma, rehabilitation & paramedical centers).