由 Joan Trombetti
, Writer | November 25, 2008
The North Texas Enterprise Center for Medical Technology (NTEC), a business accelerator for medical device and healthcare related technology firms, announced that ERGONURSE, an NTEC program company, is experiencing a steady increase in market penetration as hospital orders for its EZ-LIFT(TM) devices rise.
The ERGONURSE EZ-LIFT(TM) is a no-lift device that allows an individual caregiver to safely and quickly perform all the on-bed patient movement functions for a total care patient or obese patients weighing up to 500 pounds. The ERGONURSE EZ-LIFT(TM) is in use at several hospitals in Texas and the number continues to grow. Using the ERGONURSE EZ-LIFT(TM) is cost effective for the hospitals because it eliminates costly back and shoulder injuries to caregivers and prevents bedsores on patients.
According to the American Hospital Association (AHA), there were 5,747 hospitals in the U.S. in 2006 with over 947,000 staffed beds. In addition, the Veteran's Administration had another 165 hospitals with 25,000 beds. Combined, there are a total of 972,000 acute care beds in U.S. hospitals.
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President of ERGONURSE David Stiles reports that the need for ERGONURSE EZ-LIFT (TM) is greatest in units such as medical/surgical, intensive care, critical care and long-term care where a high percentage of patients are designated total care. "These types of units make up approximately half of the beds in a hospital," says Stiles.
ERGONURSE is currently in pursuit of investment capital to fund expansion of their manufacturing, sales and customer support operations.
The North Texas Enterprise Center for Medical Technology (NTEC), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Frisco, Texas, was founded to assist entrepreneurs with the challenging task of starting and growing a new medical technology company that will add economic value, technology jobs and breakthrough healthcare product innovations to the area. Founded in 2002, the Center provides a broad base of support to entrepreneurs both internally and through an extensive support network. Operating as a business accelerator, NTEC's core mission is to identify, mentor and grow promising entrepreneurial medical technology companies, with special emphasis in the medical device and healthcare related information technology (IT) industries. For more information visit NTEC at www.ntec-inc.org.