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The RAMP® builds upon AirPal's® focused efforts to develop air-assisted medical devices for safe patient handling, transfer, and positioning. AirPal® is most noted for their line of air-assisted lateral patient transfer devices. These devices create an inflatable patient surface while a constant volume of air escapes from beneath. The escaping air breaks the plane of friction, and allows for safe and easy lateral transfers of physically dependent or injured patients with less risk of injury to the caregiver. Using a system of inflatable chambers, the RAMP® creates an incline surface that raises a patient's chest. A separate air chamber positions the patient's head to achieve the optimal "ear to sternal notch position" for airway management. Proper patient positioning is achievable regardless of patient habitus while using the AirPal® RAMP® (there is no weight limit).
While foreseen to enhance all forms of direct laryngoscopy, it is the efficiency of the device that will likely have the most impact on protocols observed in the Operating Room. The RAMP® is available with a specially engineered and integrated AirPal® Platform (air-assisted lateral patient transfer device); clinical trials showed the RAMP® "All-in-One" was capable of transferring a patient from their stretcher, onto the OR Table, then positioned on the OR Table and "ramped" to proper position in under one minute. Once the airway has been established, the patient can be immediately and automatically repositioned for surgery. Traditional methods of ramping a patient are ad hoc, unreliable and extremely time inefficient using the manual placement of linens behind a patient's back.