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Trial registered on ANZCTR

Registration number
Ethics application status
Date submitted
Date registered
Date last updated
Type of registration
Retrospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
Testing of a patient lifting and transfer device
Scientific title
Testing of a class 1 medical device for lifting and transferring patients, to inform user-centric product development towards commercialisation
Secondary ID [1] 295554 0
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
Linked study record

Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Reduced Mobility 308817 0
Condition category
Condition code
Physical Medicine / Rehabilitation 307749 307749 0 0
Occupational therapy

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
The study seeks feedback on different models of a mechanical mobility device that enables a carer to transfer a person from seat to seat. Condition, physique, age, cultural and personal preferences may influence the usability of the device for individuals. No health outcomes are to be influenced or measured in relation to the use of the device.

Researchers from the company developing the device will carry out short tests with participants taking approximately 30 minutes. Participants will use the device, either as a carer lifting a person or as a person with reduced mobility being lifted. Researchers will fill out a questionnaire with participants concerning satisfaction with the device and suggested improvements. Participants will be able to choose if they would like to participate in follow-up tests with other variations of the device.
Intervention code [1] 301850 0
Treatment: Devices
Comparator / control treatment
Not applicable
Control group

Primary outcome [1] 306738 0
A study-specific questionnaire will be used to evaluate satisfaction with the device.
Timepoint [1] 306738 0
After first use in a short test.
Secondary outcome [1] 349396 0
A study-specific questionnaire will be used to query suggested improvements.
Timepoint [1] 349396 0
After first use in a short test.

Key inclusion criteria
Either a person with reduced mobility who normally requires some assistance to move from seat to seat, or a person in a caring profession for people of reduced mobility.
Minimum age
10 Years
Maximum age
No limit
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
For people with reduced mobility, exclusions are made based on :
- Height greater than 190cm or weight greater than 120kg
- Unstable medical conditions, e.g. unstable heart condition
- Conditions requiring ventilation or oxygen therapy
- Conditions not allowing uprightness
- Open wounds or painful scars on the chest
- Conditions significantly decreasing sensory feedback from the skin, e.g. neuropathy

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Non-randomised trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Masking / blinding
Who is / are masked / blinded?

Intervention assignment
Other design features
Type of endpoint(s)
Statistical methods / analysis

Recruitment status
Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
Date of last data collection
Sample size
Accrual to date
Recruitment outside Australia
Country [1] 10644 0
New Zealand
State/province [1] 10644 0

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 300130 0
Commercial sector/Industry
Name [1] 300130 0
HT Systems Ltd.
Address [1] 300130 0
Centre for Entrepreneurship, Level 1,
Forestry Building, Forestry Rd,
Christchurch, 8041
Country [1] 300130 0
New Zealand
Primary sponsor type
Commercial sector/Industry
HT Systems Ltd.
Centre for Entrepreneurship, Level 1,
Forestry Building, Forestry Rd,
Christchurch, 8041
New Zealand
Secondary sponsor category [1] 299531 0
Name [1] 299531 0
Address [1] 299531 0
Country [1] 299531 0
Other collaborator category [1] 280237 0
Name [1] 280237 0
University of Canterbury
Address [1] 280237 0
20 Kirkwood Ave,
Country [1] 280237 0
New Zealand

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Ethics committee name [1] 300968 0
Northern B Health and Disability Ethics Committee
Ethics committee address [1] 300968 0
Ministry of Health
133 Molesworth Street
PO Box 5013
Ethics committee country [1] 300968 0
New Zealand
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 300968 0
Approval date [1] 300968 0
Ethics approval number [1] 300968 0

Brief summary
The study is being carried out to test the usability of multiple and successive prototypes of a patient lifter for care of individuals with reduced mobility. The feedback provided by participants will be used to inform product development of the device. The general concept of the lifter has been innovated as a simple, light and efficient alternative to common lifting aids such as hoists, with particular focus on being inexpensive and carer-friendly. Up to 250 participants would be recruited between July 2018 and August 2019 to test devices and provide feedback.

Participants would include those being lifted as well as carers. The majority of participants would be recruited from staff and residents in participating residential aged-care organisations. However, younger participants with disability resulting from causes such as spine injury, stroke and cerebral palsy would also be sought for recruitment, along with their carers. Feedback from test participants will be used to inform product development towards the commercialisation of the lifter. Robust feedback from a wide range of potential users will promote an optimised, user-centric solution.
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Public notes

Principal investigator
Name 85454 0
Dr Erin Mansell
Address 85454 0
Centre for Entrepreneurship, Level 1,
Forestry Building, Forestry Rd,
Christchurch, 8041
Country 85454 0
New Zealand
Phone 85454 0
Fax 85454 0
Email 85454 0
Contact person for public queries
Name 85455 0
Dr Erin Mansell
Address 85455 0
Centre for Entrepreneurship, Level 1,
Forestry Building, Forestry Rd,
Christchurch, 8041
Country 85455 0
New Zealand
Phone 85455 0
Fax 85455 0
Email 85455 0
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 85456 0
Dr Erin Mansell
Address 85456 0
Centre for Entrepreneurship, Level 1,
Forestry Building, Forestry Rd,
Christchurch, 8041
Country 85456 0
New Zealand
Phone 85456 0
Fax 85456 0
Email 85456 0

No data has been provided for results reporting
Summary results
Not applicable