A Southend, UK-based firm called Nutec Medical/A-Z innovations has picked up a prestigious international award in Dubai at Arab Health 2010, the largest medical trade fair in the Middle East.

NuTec Medical invents and designs medical products such as the ParaSkate, Paradoc and the Paragrip, products designed and patented to provide major improvements in the medical field. The ParaSkate for example, has been specifically designed to assist in the handling of gas cylinders.

The winners of the 2009 Health and Innovation awards were chosen by the Middle East Hospital magazine, with the award for the most innovative piece of hospital equipment given for export to the Middle East went to the Parkskate range.

NuTec Medical invents and designs medical products which represent major improvements in how medical staff & patients are treated. The ParaSkate has been specifically designed to assist in the handling of gas cylinders, a design which allows cylinders simply to be dropped into the ParaSkate.

The cylinder is automatically gripped and allows the user to manoeuvre the cylinder as required without lifting the cylinder and without use of trolleys – which significantly reduces health and safety risks.

Rob Moor, Managing Director of NuTec, explained, “Gas bottles are in widespread use in the healthcare industry and they are tall, thin and heavy. The dangers their instability poses while they are being moved and in use are considerable, and this is a worldwide problem. Previous systems to keep gas bottles in place simply do not work effectively.”

“But by using Paragrip and its counterpart Paraskate, a simple mini-trolley, stability of bottles is greatly increased both in use and in transit. To win this award is a fantastic achievement for the company and it is a tremendous honour for us to be recognised by the Arabic healthcare world. This award will help us expand our business and operations both in the UK and internationally.”