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PIVOMED / turning advice for patients


Certain operations require anesthetized patients to be in a prone position. The more obese a patient is, the more difficult it becomes to turn him safely.
This concept considers the everyday working conditions of German operating theaters with regard to time, space and personnel from medical and economical perspectives.
It comprises a ceiling-mounted hoist installed in the premedication room, a carbon underlay with vacuum mattress and several padded belts allowing an individual fixation of patients.
In contrast to the manual method, PIVOMED allows a fully controlled turning process and reduces the likelihood of injuries to patient and staff.


Universität Duisburg-Essen

Universität Duisburg-Essen
Industrial Design
Essen, Germany

Prof. Kurt Mehnert
Prof. Marion Digel


Sonja Kind

Sonja Kind
Odenthal, Germany

Sonja Kind