A medical instrument that can be used to assist elevator passengers with their broken bones has been developed in Ireland.
The Irish Medical Association (IMA) said the medical device, called the Elevator Medical Instrument (EMI), is part of a broader plan to help lift passengers up and down elevators and improve their quality of life.
The EMI was developed by the medical charity Elevate Ireland, which has been working to make the country more accessible for its citizens since 2012.
The device uses specially made sensors and electrodes to help detect the pain and movement of the bones in the body and can be fitted to a person’s upper limbs, which can be operated by hand or by a computer.
It can also be used for other purposes such as pain control and pain management.
The aim of the device is to help people with broken bones and traumatic injuries to get back to work and recover quickly, said IMA president Eoin Cafferkey.
“The EMIs purpose is to assist lift passengers and the public alike with a quick recovery from any injury,” he said.
“We have a very clear idea of what people need, what we can do, and how to get there.
It’s a huge success story for our cause.”
The EMAs inventor, Dr Ciaran O’Donnell, said it was an essential part of the work of the organisation, which aims to help all patients, from the youngest to the oldest.
“There’s no doubt the EMIs technology can be a very powerful tool in helping lift passengers recover quickly,” Dr O’Connor said.
“The device will assist lift riders by giving them an additional source of information that will assist them in helping to manage their symptoms and to improve their overall quality of health.”
Dr O’Dowd said the EMI is being developed with the help of a £30,000 grant from the National Institute of Health Research.
“This is the most innovative medical device in the world that is being made here in Ireland and we’re incredibly grateful to have been given this unique and world-leading grant,” he added.
“It’s a massive boost for the organisation and the work that is happening.”