Sizewise Launches First-of-its-Kind Automated Chair-to-Stretcher Device for Safe Patient Handling and Hospital Transport



Released on: September 14, 2010, 09:47 am
Author: Sizewise
Industry: Healthcare

The Shuttle Series of products are a patented innovation designed and built in the U.S. to serve hospitals' growing needs to safely and simply mobilize patients

Kansas City, Mo. Sept. 14, 2010 Sizewise, a growing and diversified medical equipment manufacturer, today announced the newest in its Shuttle Series of products -- the industry's most advanced and secure means for mobilizing patients in a hospital setting. The Shuttle A Series is built on the strength and design of its predecessor The Shuttle B Series, which serves as a bariatric transport device.

We've dominated the market with the Shuttle B Series, the only product of its kind to support up to 1,000 lbs, and now we're pleased to deliver on the demand we've heard to create the same Shuttle for more average-sized patients, said Trever Frickey, chief operating officer at Sizewise.

The Shuttle A Series is the ultimate transitional medical device designed for use in rehabilitation, examination and transportation. The Sizewise Shuttle Series of products are designed to help caregivers with safe patient handling so both the patient and healthcare professional do not suffer costly or life-threatening injuries.

The Shuttle A Series transforms with the touch of a button from stretcher to chair position and is perfect for use with a lateral transfer device to assist with ambulating a patient, said Frickey. The seat assist function is complete with ambulation poles for the safety and confidence of the patient and caregiver.

Uniquely, the Shuttle A Series has a tilt and recline function, along with an escalating height up or down. The seat has a three-layer foam insert for further comfort and weight distribution and leg supports elevate independently with retractable foot rests. The Shuttle A Series supports a weight capacity of 650 lbs and is the third in a line of Shuttle products The Shuttle B Series and B Series LTC (a more economical model) are designed for the bariatric patient up to 1,000 lbs.

With an optional Power Drive, The Shuttle A Series can safely navigate smooth floors, thick carpet and uneven terrain in both the chair and stretcher position. With the ease of a feather-touch hand control, caregivers can propel patients at variable speeds up ramps and over door jambs. A unique center wheel design allows for easy maneuvering.

About Sizewise
Sizewise designs, manufactures and sells a diversified line of medical equipment from intelligent bed frames to mobilization and transport equipment to therapeutic mattresses to movable medical equipment such as ventilators, monitors and more. Sizewise product lines have been engineered to meet the needs of critical and acute care patients, homecare patients, or consumers who want a home mattress system based on the most advanced medical technology on the market. The company began its 20-year history specializing in bariatric medical equipment, but now serves standard patient populations as well.

Sizewise is a global medical equipment manufacturer with more than 65 distribution locations across the United States with a growing presence in Europe and Canada. With four manufacturing facilities, Sizewise products are designed and built in the United States. For more information, visit

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