Simple UpCL

A battery operated, radiographic imaging platform that safely lifts patients and prevents x-ray falls

The Simple UpCL is a height adjustable, battery operated x-ray positioning platform that lifts patients safely, quickly and comfortably into the right position for x-rays and treatment, preventing patient falls. The patient feels more relaxed and you do too, thanks to the ergonomic position which reduces the strain on your back. By positioning the patient at the right height for you, you do not need to bend or kneel.

Battery Operated

The Simple UpCL is now battery operated as standard

Secure

The patient can hold on with both hand and thus feels secure.

Low Step

A simple press of the button and the Simple UpCL rises slowly and under control. It is stable and no step is needed.

Easy and Fast

Simple UpCL is a user friendly, professionally presented system, providing comfort and security for the patient, whilst potentially improving departmental work flow.

Battery Operation The Simple UpCL is now battery operated removing lengthy trailing cables
or extra parts needed to operate. You now have the flexibility to choose the room to
use it in. This standard feature means that you don’t have to purchase a costly
external battery option.
Secure The patient can hold on with both hand and thus feels secure.
Easy and Fast Simple UpCL is a user friendly, professionally presented system,
providing comfort and security for the patient, whilst potentially improving
departmental work flow.
Low Step A simple press of the button and the Simple UpCL rises slowly and under
control. It is stable and no step is needed.
Stable In the lowest position the caster wheels enable Simple UpCL to be moved
to a different position or from room to room. Once in place and locked in position
it is easy to guide a patient on and off Simple UpCL single-handedly.
Your staff can raise or lower Simple UpCL to the required height without
kneeling or bending, reducing the risk of injury in the workplace.
Safety First No unstable, troublesome steps, but a stable platform that rises. The solid
construction makes patients feel secure. The large supports mean that they stand
firmly and can easily change position for examination or x-rays.
Working Practice Standards By using Simple UpCL you will be complying with national and EU laws
regarding manual handling and compliance with Health & Safety requirements. Simple
UpCL is a medical device Class 1, type B and is in conformity with the
requirements under the Directive Medical Devices 93/42 EC.

The Problem

How do you and your patients cope with the increasing demand for standing and load bearing x-rays of lower limbs?

It is estimated that patient slips, trips and falls cost the NHS approximately £15 million per year. However, recent research has shown that by using a range of simple interventions, healthcare organisations can significantly reduce the number and cost of patient accidents and improve the working environment for staff.

Patient Mobility

When your X-ray tube won’t go low enough With patient mobility restricted due to injury, age and patient size, current practice can:

  • Be uncomfortable for staff working at floor level
  • Hamper correct positioning
  • Restrict patient movement
  • Be unsafe for the patient

From this:

Radiographer crouching

Patient standing on stool

The Simple Solution!

A mobile, height adjustable, patient lift/platform developed specifically for Radiography and Radiographers, to provide a safer working environment, remove the risk of falls, offer greater flexibility for patient positioning and provide healthier posture and positioning for the Radiographer.

The many advantages:

  • Ergonomic and can be set to the right height
  • Patients are in the correct position
  • Easy to move
  • Sturdy, safe, stable and maintenance free
  • Fast and simple to operate
  • Batter operation provides complete flexibility
  • Potential to improve workflow
  • Approved MDD 93/42/EEC safety standard compliant

To This:

Patient securely on Simple Up lift

Radiographer standing upright

Standard Features

Dimension L 131 x W 52 x H 112 cm
Standing Area L 74 x W 47 cm
Standing surface Rubber anti-slip mat
System weight 90 Kg
Step height (min) 13 cm
Max lift height 72 cm
Max patient weight 200 Kg (31 ½ st)
Power system 2 x Integral batteries
Battery capacity 30 lifts (to 50% capacity)
Charge time 6 hours
Battery charger Integral to the system
Battery low indicator Audible warning when battery is at 50% capacity
Mobility 4 ball bearing castors (active only when empty)
Operation method Simple up & down remote control (supplied as standard)
Safety standard Approved MDD 93/42/EEC compliant
Safety protection Lift mechanism – High quality harmonica bellows

Optional Extras

Safety bar
Patient seat for CVI investigation
Spare standard battery
Heavy duty battery (45 lifts to 50% capacity)

For the more technically minded

Battery 24v – 4Ah lead acid – charges in situ
Battery charger 220v – 24v, double insulated
Fuse 3.15A (slow blow)
Standby consumption 3w
Operational temperature Between +4 and +45oC
Storage temperature Between -10 and +50oC
Noise Below 60 dB
ID label Above power socket
Classification Class I type B

A Brief History of Simple Up

A few years ago my brother told me the story of an elderly man he met. The man was around 75 years and unfortunately he had some trouble with one of his knees. His GP sent him to an orthopaedic clinic where an X-ray was to be made. In the X-ray room he was asked to use the wooden step that was available to the staff because the X-Ray tube would not go all the way down to knee height. The bad thing that happened was that the man went home after a picture was taken from his bad knee and from his broken arm because he had fallen from the step.

This incident inspired us to create a safe solution that would not only prevent fall incidents with patients, but also would prevent staff to incur an RSI like injury after many years of repetitive jobs.

The lift had be very safe and stable, simple in use, moveable, and a must was that is should qualify as a Medical Device under the European Medical Device Directory 93/42.

Thanks to the help and the job experienced information and suggestions from the X-ray department of the University Hospital in Utrecht, we were able to design and to build a lift system that is ultimately safe and user friendly called Simple UpCL because it so simple to use.

For safety and stability reasons we use 4 lifting columns which can lift a maximum of 200 kg. Tall patients, patients of average length as well as children can hold on with both hands. It is operated with a so called dead man key, the lift will only work if the up or downs key is kept pressed. For safety reasons the lift will also no longer move when a power failure occurs. Because it might be pitch dark in the X-ray it is safer for the patient to stay on the lift until power returns.

The Ministry of Health audited on-site our product and production facility and concluded that Simple UpCL complies with all legal demands and the authorities certified the Simple UpCL under registration number NL-CA002-2012-25320, valid in all countries of the EU.

Currently about 50 hospitals in Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and the UK are front runners in using this safety device.

John van HalderenCo-owner - Melius Pro B.V.

Please contact de Smit Medical Systems Ltd for further information about this product including;

  • Full product information / specification
  • Arranging a demonstration / evaluation
  • Pricing details
  • How to place an order
Call +44 (0)845 345 4226, or email us via our contact form.

Simple up is the original and best solution to your patient and Radiographers weight bearing problems created out of a genuine desire to benefit both the patient and the healthcare professional.

Beware of imitations!

When choosing a solution to your health and safety issues, it is important that your choice does not create another health risk for patients and staff.

Quality of design and manufacture is at the heart of the Simple UpCL™ providing a professional solution fit for healthcare professionals:

Meeting standards

H & S law
NHS manual handling guidelines based on the European Directive 1992 (HSE 2004).
The European directive expects employers to risk assess their manual handling activities with the expectation that they should work to avoid or reduce the need for manual handling operations through a greater investment in mechanisation.

MDD 93/42/EEC

The Medical Device Directives is a ‘New Approach’ directive relating to the safety and performance of medical devices which were harmonized in the EU in the 1990s. For a manufacturer to legally place a medical device on the European market the requirements of the Directive have to be met and a CE mark applied.
Any medical device placed on the European market must comply with relevant legislation. Manufacturers’ products meeting ‘harmonized standards’ have a presumption of conformity to the Directive. Products conforming with the Directive must have a CE mark applied. The core legal framework consists of three directives:

All medical devices must fulfil the essential requirements set out in the above mentioned Directives. Where available, relevant standards may be used to demonstrate compliance with the essential requirements defined in the Directives list of harmonized standards.

Simple Up™ is tested and approved safe

Approved MDD 93/42/EEC compliant

LOLER 1998
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998

LOLER is aimed at ensuring that all lifting operations are properly planned, lifting equipment is used in a safe manner and that, where necessary, it is thoroughly examined at suitable intervals by a competent person.

To decide whether LOLER applies you need to answer two questions – is it work equipment and, if so, is it lifting equipment?
Is it ‘work equipment’?
The fact that equipment is designed to lift or lower a load does not automatically mean that LOLER applies. The equipment has to be defined as ‘work equipment’, which is defined in the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)2 as ‘any machinery appliance, apparatus, tool or installation for use at work (whether exclusively or not)’.

If so, is it ‘lifting equipment’?
The definition of a ‘lifting operation’ in LOLER is ‘an operation concerned with the lifting or lowering of a load’. It applies to equipment which lifts or lowers loads as a principal function. Much equipment in health and social care premises has an element of lifting as part of its normal operation, for example a variable-height bed or dentist’s chair. However, the principal function of these items is as a bed or chair, and not as a device for lifting or lowering of loads. Height adjustability alone does not mean that LOLER applies to the equipment.

Periodic thorough examinations during the life of the equipment may not always be required. They are only required for lifting equipment exposed to conditions which cause deterioration likely to result in dangerous situations (i.e. likely to result in a serious or fatal injury). The interval between periodic thorough examinations should be in line with the intervals given in the Regulations:
6 months or less for equipment lifting people and lifting accessories;
A competent person must determine the scope of the thorough examination. They should have enough practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to detect defects or weaknesses, and assess how important they are in relation to the safety and continued use of the equipment.

How do you take a good x-ray of a patient with balance or mobility issues when they need support standing up, you have to operate the x-ray machine and the step they are standing on is small and unstable? The League of Friends’ latest purchase is the solution! Thanks to your donations, the x-ray department now has a “Simple Up” step – a sturdy, adjustable platform with supporting bars and remote control. The Simple Up has a smooth up and down movement and supports patients safely, leaving the radiographer free to take the x-ray without having to worry about the patient falling. It also enables the radiographer to work comfortably and safely, reducing the possibility of back and other problems. The Simple Up step arrived last week and was immediately put into use by Abbey, a delighted radiographer.

League of Friends of South Petherton Hospital

The increasing needs of orthopaedic and rheumatology clinics for weight bearing views was placing increasing time pressure on staff as conventional equipment was not flexible enough to provide standing views of feet or knees. This was beginning to lead to potential unsafe working practices, following risk assessment analysis we decided the situation required some specialised equipment that would allow safe, flexible and efficient working systems. The Simple Up device meets this specification perfectly fitting in to the patient flow easily and providing an extremely secure and easy way to undertake all weight bearing examinations as well as providing support for patients whilst moving.

Christopher ArnoldRadiology Team Lead - Raigmore Hospital, NHS Highlands

The Simple Up has made a difference to our patients and staff. The patients feel secure and have commented on how such a simple device can make a difference to their visit in our department. We now routinely x-ray patients who are referred for erect knees using this device. Recently we have found it is very useful for Orthopaedic referrals for weight bearing feet. The Radiographers have benefited from a Health and Safety aspect and are no longer kneeling on the floor or bending over to lower the tube head.

Ann TateSite Lead Radiographer - Southern Health and Social Care Trust

The Radiology department at Glangwili hospital, West Wales has recently taken delivery of the Simple Up lift purchased from de Smit Medical Systems, Bristol. It has had an immediate impact, on both patients and staff, enabling weight bearing x-rays of joints to be undertaken in a far more efficient and safe manner. Compared to our previous method of using steps, this new electric lift instills confidence in both patients particularly the elderly and also radiographers. It minimises radiographers having to bend down to place cassettes and center the x-ray beam thus helping to reduce any potential MSK injury to staff. Having the lift has also reduced the time taken for these weight bearing examinations and thus improved efficiency. It is capable of lifting substantially heavy patients and requires minimal annual maintenance. In conclusion, this simple piece of kit has proven a huge hit with patients and staff and we are amazed how archaic our old method of obtaining weight bearing views actually was!

Glangwili General Hospital

Leicester’s Hospitals have successfully acquired patient lift systems for each of its three hospital sites. The systems, purchased using charitable funds, safely lift patients into the right position for x-rays and treatment, removing the risk of falls and offering greater flexibility for patient positioning. Installed at the Royal on 21 August and at the General and Glenfield the following week, theSimple UpCL patient lift is a mobile, height adjustable platform. Typical x-ray machines do not go right down to the floor, so patients must stand and balance on steps in order to have weight bearing x-rays of their knees, ankles and feet. People having these sorts of x-rays often have poor mobility and can feel dizzy when standing on steps, but by using a Simple UpCL, patients can be safely raised to the correct height, without any risk of falling over. As the systems are specifically designed for Radiographers, they provide a safer working environment, reducing the need for staff to bend over or kneel to position x-ray equipment. Colin Ross, Superintendent Radiographer for Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “We are really pleased to have acquired these valuable pieces of equipment. They have already made a huge difference to patients and staff in our Radiology departments.” Colin continues: “Another benefit we have found is that since patients are in a steady position using the Simple UpCL, there is less likelihood of movement during the x-ray, resulting in a greater chance of getting the x-rays right first time.” In acquiring these patient lifts, Leicester’s Hospitals have also been able to reduce maintenance costs by arranging for the original equipment manufacturer to train our Medical Physics staff to service the machines and carry out the legally required Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) checks.

Leicester Royal Infirmary

X-ray patients at Arrowe Park Hospital are using new technology as part of their care. A special and mobile lift within the department means orthopaedic patients with leg joint or feet problems are now able to be X-rayed much more easily. Orthopaedic patients ideally need to be X-rayed standing up as it helps specialists assess the effects that body weight has on their limbs. It can also be used to see how successful things like knee replacements have been after surgery. Before this new piece of equipment, Trust staff would help patients climb up a set of steps on to a raised platform. The climbing of these steps often proved tricky and uncomfortable for patients with orthopaedic problems. Called the ‘Simple UpCL’ patient lift, the machine elevates the patient to a specified height to X-ray areas such as the patient’s ankle, knee or hip. As the lift is totally mobile, it can be moved into any X-ray room as required. Patients are safely enclosed within the lift unit – meaning greater comfort and safety for older and less able patients.

Arrowe Park Hospital