The project Tidewave has previously received funding from Norway Pumps & Pipes and is a very good example of transfer of technology and competence between health and oil & gas.
Tidewave is a rotational module that can be placed on any bed base in combination with a mattress. The rotational module is being curved by using an automated pressure unit. The movement of the rotational module is turning the patient according to a predefined time schedule.
Spending hours on turning patients
Manual turning of patients with low or no mobility has several disadvantages: Health care workers are spending many working hours on turning patients. Back injuries related to manual lifting is the main cause of sick leave in the health service. The health institutions spend huge resources on this problem area. Treatment of bedsores account for 4% of the national health budget. Last but not least, manual turning can be painful to the patients.
About 50% of the 45.000 residents in Norwegian nursing homes need pressure relief. The global market for pressure relief products is increasing, mainly due to aging, obesity, and a well-functioning health care system.
You can read more about the funding from STUD-ENT here (in Norwegian): UiS-studenter får millionstøtte.
Text: Thor Ole Gulsrud