Getinge trolleys win Red Dot Award


In the life science and medicine category

Getinge Smart, a series of trolleys from Getinge Infection Control, has been awarded a 2012 Red Dot Award for product design. One of the more than 4,500 entries, Getinge Smart won in the Life Science and Medicine category for its quality and design.

Used for transporting goods to and from hospital operating rooms and sterilisation units, Getinge says the Smart line of well-designed trolleys of is of the highest quality, hygiene and usability.

“Product design is so much more than good looks. We have worked really hard to develop surfaces, materials and handling abilities that make Getinge Smart a top-of-the-line product in every detail. Receiving the Red Dot Award is a great honour, and shows our efforts have definitely paid off,” says Peter Palmqvist, chief operating officer of Getinge Infection Control.

“The trolleys from Getinge Smart have radically improved our workflow. Our staff really appreciate the good ergonomics and the easy-to-clean surfaces. The trolleys for transport to the OR are really easy to manoeuvre even when loaded to their maximum. For us, it comes as no surprise that this equipment qualifies for a design award,” says Ann-Charlotte Lövgren, business developer CSSD/OR of Kungälv Hospital in Sweden.

The Red Dot Award will be presented to Getinge Infection Control in Essen, Germany, on 2 July.

Launched in November 2010, the Getinge Smart trolley range is based on an ergonomic concept for efficient loading and distribution of instruments. It is equipped with a semi-automatic loading function that reduces manual handling of goods when loading or unloading, and a power-drive function that helps the user to move the trolley to desired positions with no or little effort. The racing-inspired framework is extremely light, without sacrificing stability under heavy loads, while the unobtrusively positioned, rattle-free wheels roll easily and steer silently.

All Getinge Smart surfaces are easy to clean and materials were chosen for their durability in harsh environments.

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Getinge Infection Control collaborated in the design of the Smart with Swedish design agency Lots in Gothenburg.