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Optimal Positioning and Moving of Patients

Dr. Paul Depauw, a neurosurgeon specialised in skull base surgery and spine surgery, reached out to Voxdale to develop products to move and position patients under anaesthesia in the operating room (OR).

The goal was to create certified products that allow the optimal positioning or moving of patients, using the compressed medical-air system that is always available inside the OR with special attention to ease of use, hygiene and reduction of physical labour.

Prototype Verification and Validation

Starting with Dr Depauw’s clear requirements of using compressed air and inflatables, Voxdale took charge of the full product development. In the first stage, Voxdale conducted thorough research on the possible materials and methods we could use to position the patients. 


After the construction of several models, as proof of concept, we started the search for suppliers and toolmakers for the prototypes. These prototypes were then used for verification and validation in the CE certification process. The design transfer became the final major task for the Voxdale crew.

IP Creation & CE Certification

Alongside the process of product development, Voxdale supported Dr Depauw in the product’s IP creation and management. Voxdale helped to create and file the application for CE certification (received in 2019) and advice in receiving the right funding for these innovative new products.


Voxdale collaborated with Mahindra Racing to optimize and design the gearbox casing and construct the body for the racing simulator. These improvements enrich the overall racing experience and enable the team to better prepare for upcoming challenges.

Product Launch and Continued Development

Ergotrics launched its first products in 2019: the IPS (Inflatable Prone Support), the IBO (Inflatable Board) and the Hummingbird (a specially designed reusable air pistol for applications in the medical world). Today the products are being used in many European hospitals. 

The next generation of products is being prepared…

During the Covid-19 pandemic, a new Ergotrics product has been released and distributed. This time for ventilating Corona patients in prone position, read more here.


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