Exclusive distribution partnership brings emergency bariatric evacuation equipment to UK to help healthcare professionals
Bariatric equipment specialist Benmor Medical has agreed an exclusive distribution partnership with Dutch-firm Tetcon – Textile Technical Concepts – bringing its innovative bariatric emergency evacuation equipment to the UK for the first time.
Designed to support healthcare professionals to evacuate bariatric people from locations such as hospital wards or other public/private buildings in the event of an emergency, the new partnership will see Benmor Medical introduce Tetcon’s S-CAPEPODS to its product offering.
Permanently mounted between the frame of a bed and the mattress for immediate access, the S-CAPEPODS are a quick and safe solution for evacuating bariatric patients in the event of an emergency.
When required, rescuers pull the flaps out, securing them around the patient. When the patient is encompassed in the evacuation device (whilst still comfortable on the mattress), they are ready for a secure evacuation.
According to Benmor Medical, using the S-CAPEPOD takes approximately one minute to prepare the patient for an emergency evacuation and has been safety tested to 500kg (78 Stones).
Discussing the partnership, a statement from Benmor Medical said: “Our aim is simple, to continue to offer the most suitable, innovative and safest products for bariatric patients and their carers. Our partnership with Tetcon brings a new, exciting realm to our product range, helping to fulfil our vision of creating a successful bariatric equipment range which will provide safety for patients and healthcare professionals throughout the UK.”
The only evacuation sheet for larger individuals that permanently sits under the bed mattress to ensure accessibility for rescuers, Benmor Medical will now look to promote the product to healthcare organisations across the UK, including NHS acute trusts, community care centres, private hospitals and care homes.