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Incubator Transport Brancard in the news - 02-16-2012

 Close collaboration between doctors and technicians at Maastricht UMC+ has led to the development of an innovative transport incubator for preterm infants. Neonatologists at home and abroad have expressed serious interest.

Transporting preterm infants should be avoided at all costs. It is safer if the mother is admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with adequate care facilities before childbirth. If this is not the case and transport from a peripheral hospital to a NICU is necessary, the transport incubator is an essential tool. The Maastricht UMC+ has its own Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, one of only ten in the Netherlands.

The new transport incubator was developed because the existing units needed replacing and because the commercially available units did not meet all the demands of the Paediatrics Department at Maastricht UMC+. This inspired the hospital's Instrumentation Department (ID) to investigate the possibility of developing its own transport incubator based on a wish list compiled by paediatricians. In addition to an optimum ergonomic configuration, the doctors also wanted new monitoring equipment and life-support devices and safer and lighter stretchers. The Instrumentation Department and IDEE, the technological solutions developer for MUMC+, used this list to get to work. Using 3D designs, a cardboard model of the transport incubator was developed and tested by the department. Several phases later a prototype was developed and successfully implemented.  

The new transport incubator consists of a chassis and a support gurney. Special medical devices designed for preterm infant care (such as respiration monitors, infusion pumps and medical gas supplies) have been mounted to the gurney. As most clinics prefer to work with their own equipment configurations, the incubator's modular design allows for client-specific adaptations. A unique addition to this transportation incubator is the crumple zone on the frame. This additional safety measure protects the incubator if the ambulance is involved in a collision. Another advantage is that the frame is constructed out of lightweight carbon. This makes it extremely light and easy to operate by nurses and other users. After the prototype was tested, two transport incubators were put to use in Maastricht UMC+. The first experiences and responses have been extremely positive.

Neonatologists at home and abroad are very interested in this new device. The South Limburg Public Health Service (GGD Zuid-Limburg) and the Maxima Medical Centre in Eindhoven have already placed orders. The incubators are also in high demand from other hospitals and ambulance services in the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and the United Kingdom. Maastricht Instruments BV, a spinoff company of IDEE, is currently researching the technical and commercial prospects of introducing the transport incubator to the European market. Future mass production and distribution tasks will be outsourced to other (market) parties. For more information visit www.idee-mumc.nl and the product page on www.maastrichtinstruments.nl. Source: azM News

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Incubator Transport Brancard in the news - 02-16-2012

 Close collaboration between doctors and technicians at Maastricht UMC+ has led to the development of an innovative transport incubator for preterm infants. Neonatologists at home and abroad have expressed serious interest.

Transporting preterm infants should be avoided at all costs. It is safer if the mother is admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with adequate care facilities before childbirth. If this is not the case and transport from a peripheral hospital to a NICU is necessary, the transport incubator is an essential tool. The Maastricht UMC+ has its own Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, one of only ten in the Netherlands.

The new transport incubator was developed because the existing units needed replacing and because the commercially available units did not meet all the demands of the Paediatrics Department at Maastricht UMC+. This inspired the hospital's Instrumentation Department (ID) to investigate the possibility of developing its own transport incubator based on a wish list compiled by paediatricians. In addition to an optimum ergonomic configuration, the doctors also wanted new monitoring equipment and life-support devices and safer and lighter stretchers. The Instrumentation Department and IDEE, the technological solutions developer for MUMC+, used this list to get to work. Using 3D designs, a cardboard model of the transport incubator was developed and tested by the department. Several phases later a prototype was developed and successfully implemented.  

The new transport incubator consists of a chassis and a support gurney. Special medical devices designed for preterm infant care (such as respiration monitors, infusion pumps and medical gas supplies) have been mounted to the gurney. As most clinics prefer to work with their own equipment configurations, the incubator's modular design allows for client-specific adaptations. A unique addition to this transportation incubator is the crumple zone on the frame. This additional safety measure protects the incubator if the ambulance is involved in a collision. Another advantage is that the frame is constructed out of lightweight carbon. This makes it extremely light and easy to operate by nurses and other users. After the prototype was tested, two transport incubators were put to use in Maastricht UMC+. The first experiences and responses have been extremely positive.

Neonatologists at home and abroad are very interested in this new device. The South Limburg Public Health Service (GGD Zuid-Limburg) and the Maxima Medical Centre in Eindhoven have already placed orders. The incubators are also in high demand from other hospitals and ambulance services in the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and the United Kingdom. Maastricht Instruments BV, a spinoff company of IDEE, is currently researching the technical and commercial prospects of introducing the transport incubator to the European market. Future mass production and distribution tasks will be outsourced to other (market) parties. For more information visit www.idee-mumc.nl and the product page on www.maastrichtinstruments.nl. Source: azM News

This information is currecntly only available in Dutch: