BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Movi Medical today introduced the Movi, a new concept in wheelchair design, and perhaps the biggest innovation in patient transport since the traditional wheelchair was introduced in the 1930s. The Movi is more comfortable, easier to use and safer for both the patient and health care transport staff, according to early trials at UAB Health System in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130410/CL89199) For Will Ferniany, Ph.D., UAB Health System CEO, the need for a new patient transport device grew from concern for his patients and staff. He saw the negative impact that traditional wheelchairs were having on his entire organization. His vision is that patient care and worker safety always deserve attention and continual improvement. "The classic wheelchair was never designed as a primary means of patient transport," Ferniany said, "and so it fails in a number of important, functional ways. A traditional wheelchair is cumbersome and challenging to move a patient in and out of, and it certainly wasn't designed for our increasingly obese population. When you understand how many times our nurses are physically lifting patients into and out of wheelchairs, and you further comprehend the risk for injury to both patient and nurse inherent in each move, it was clear that we needed an alternative means of transport. "When considering patient safety, security and stability, as well as overall value, no hospital can afford to spend money unwisely," Ferniany added. "Fewer worker injuries and reduced liability results in a reduction in staff turnover, which, in turn, improves the productivity of our medical teams. That's our goal with the Movi." According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care workers involved in moving patients have one of the highest incidences of back injury of any industry. The Movi, with its built-in patient assist lift, reduces the assistance required from the caregiver, thereby reducing risk of injury to both the patient and the professional. The patient-assist lift helps a patient stand by raising his or her center of gravity until centered over the legs, mimicking the biomechanics of standing from a seated position. Transport personnel are not required to lift a patient's total weight, reducing the chance for injury or accidental falls for both patient and nurse.