The classic wheelchair was never designed as a primary means of patient transport and so it fails in a number of important, functional ways. It’s cumbersome, it’s challenging to move a patient in and out of, and it certainly wasn’t designed for our increasingly obese population. Movi Medical approached the design of a new patient transport vehicle from a totally different perspective. Our new patient chairs are more ergonomically optimized, for both patients and the hospital staff responsible for moving them. Through close collaboration with one of the four largest academic medical centers in the US, Movi is radically changing the way patients and the health care industry looks at wheelchairs and patient room furniture. 

Movi is designed around the human form; it’s built to promote comfort, improved posture and safety.

Several design innovations elevate Movi beyond any current patient transport vehicle available. Healthcare staff involved in moving patients have one of the highest incidence of back injury of any industry tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Movi's patented, Powered Assist Lift (PAL) raises the patient’s center of gravity until it’s centered over the legs, mimicking the biomechanics of standing from a seated position. Patients can stand with less effort, and stress on staff is reduced when assistance is required. Foot plates rest flat and flush to the floor during transfer, eliminating the awkward adjustment process.

In addition, the powered drive system used for lifting also enables health care staff to place the patient into a much comfortable and secure range of semi-reclined transit positions. Movi's seating position has a lower center of gravity providing greater stability, increased comfort and, often, significantly improved posture. You can clearly see this improved posture in comparison to a conventional wheelchair on the left below.

Additional features include an ergonomically designed handle which is adjustable and more comfortable and efficient to push, low rolling resistance wheels, and built in features including an IV pole, O2 tank support and over seven cubic feet of integrated storage. Follow this link for more details on both the Powered Assist Lift (PAL) and improved seating posture.