Licensing Opportunities

IV Infant Safety Device

In 2003, a baby boy, while being treated in an Alberta hospital, died from strangulation when he got tangled in medical tubing. The IV Infant Safety Vest fits snugly around the patient's upper body. It gathers all medical lines and tubes from the upper body in a special sleeve incorporated into the vest, and channels these lines and tubes to the lower part of the body, where they emerge and are hooked up to various equipment. The disposable vest is designed to be effective at preventing entanglement, comfortable to wear, easy to clean, and use.

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Manual Patient Lift

In 2001, the WCB awarded BCIT a grant to develop and evaluate an innovative patient lifting device for home use. BCIT has successfully engineered a prototype for a manual lift mechanism that can be retailed for about half the cost of an automated lift device. User trials revealed that the BCIT-designed lift was comparable to automated lifts in terms of minimizing the force on the spine when lifting and transferring a patient, ease of use and safety. The majority (87%) of home support workers in the study said they were "moderately" or "extremely" likely to use the BCIT lift device. Learn more »