There a disadvantage in moving (lifting and “disturbing”) critically injured patients. But a standard retrieval situation today calls for at least 5 to 6 patient movements – with each move possibly decreasing survival due to the possible disruption of air supply, power supply, different monitoring systems.

The MICUS stretcher (part of the SNAM system) is designed to be loaded on a standard commercial aircraft, which makes it suitable for rapid deployment of medical care.Its detachable “spineboard” eases the primary loading since it has the known usability of a spineboard. It permits CT-scan/fluoroscopy as well as the possibility to raise the back, legs for medical reasons or for comfort. The patient is constantly connected to the equipment during the whole transportation, no interruptions in oxygen / power increases survival probability.

The MICUS stretcher increases safety for the patient by having all medical equipment integrated and attached to the stretcher. Thus, there is no need for reloading patients while changing the transport means. The stretcher is very compact designed, prepared for various kinds of transport, and designed to meet the needs of the medical staff as well as the patient.


  • Title: MICUS Stretcher
  • External Link: MICUS Stretcher - INDEX: Design to Improve Life® website
  • Sustainable Development Goals targeted: Good Health & Well-being
  • INDEX: Award Cycle: 2005
  • INDEX: Award Category: Body
  • Driver(s) of Change: Entrepeneurship, Globalization
  • Designed By: Struktur Design, Johan Gustavsson, Marcus Lagerquist
  • Country of Design : Sweden

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