A student from IIT Kanpur developed a retrofit patient transfer system which won India the James Dyson award. The patient transfer system in named as MAATTAM and is developed by a final year student of IIT Kanpur, Ashish Mohandas, as a final year degree project.
After surveying the nurses, doctors and ward-boys Ashish found that majority of hospitals and clinics in India lack the efficient stretcher which can help in transferring the patients from one place to another without pain.
“I wanted to design a simple, affordable and retrofit solution which would most appropriately solve the problem of patient transfer in hospitals and create a better experience, every time the patient is getting transferred. It will also ensure evading the problem of spine disorders while shifting,” said Asish Mohandas.
James Dayson award runs in 23 countries and for the first time was extended to India. The James Dayson award looks for the designs which are simple and yet have the potential to impact the society in a huge way.
This innovation will now compete for the International Winner Award whose results will be declared on October 26, 2017. The prize money for the award is 30,000 euros.