Herman Miller - Orbis
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Patient Transfer research and design project.
Orbis - Patient Transporter
Patient Transfer Research & Design Thesis
The Problem
Patient transfers are the leading cause of back injuries in the healthcare industry. Thousands of healthcare workers are injured every year during patient transfers, and an even greater number develop musculoskeletal disorders from the repetitive task of lifting patients from one spot to another. These injuries alone are responsible for millions of dollars in insurance payouts.
Orbis is a patient-lift system for hospital environments. A unique dual-axis design allows hospital staff to move patients in any direction across the entire span of the room.

Orbis directly addresses the need for accessible equipment by eliminating the need for storage: Because Orbis is installed above the ground and has a low-profile form factor, it consumes a minimal footprint in patient rooms and is immediately accessible for healthcare workers.