DHG, a pan-European medical device manufacturer, has completed the acquisition of the Raizer product line from Liftup A/S, further strengthening its Safe Moving & Handling portfolio within the highly important falls management market space.
The acquisition of Raizer adds an innovative and well-regarded solution to DHG’s comprehensive portfolio, continuing to benefit the portfolio’s focus on promoting movement and independence and reducing the risk of caregiver injury. Whilst falls prevention within the home, long-term care and acute care environments remains high on the agenda, falls themselves continue to remain a pertinent issue, with the World Health Organization (WHO) stating falls as the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths worldwide. Raizer is an essential solution in providing a safe patient lift from lying to sitting to prevent a long-lie (a patient lying on the floor for over one hour), which has been shown to lead to significant patient morbidity and mortality. Additionally, Raizer provides Emergency Service personnel with a reliable, safe lifting solution, that minimises unnecessary patient movement.
DHG and Liftup A/S have now entered a Transitional Service Agreement (TSA) period until the 31st October 2022. During this time, Liftup will continue to receive, process, service and deliver orders from direct and distributor customers.
Graham Ewart, CEO of DHG, said: “Raizer is a highly innovative, clinically effective solution for safely lifting a fallen patient, minimising the deleterious effects that this unfortunate experience can have on an individual. We are excited by the opportunity we have to bring such an innovative product to more people and in more geographies. The acquisition of Raizer continues to position DHG as a forward-thinking leader in delivering holistic care packages that focus on improving mobility and reducing the avoidable harms that can occur as a result of immobility, in particular those associated with long-lie times as a result of a fall.”
Søren Elisiussen, CEO of Liftup A/S, said: “DHG is a natural fit for the Raizer product. Having already worked closely with the business in the Swedish market, we are extremely confident that DHG’s expertise, and in particular its focus on clinical education, will offer significant benefit and opportunity to current and future users of the Raizer products.”
The acquisition of Raizer is DHG’s second of 2022, following on from that of Vendlet in February. This has been part of an extensive period of growth and expansion by the business, which has seen the acquisitions of Talley Group and United Care in 2021, and the acquisitions of Gate Rehab, Handicare Patient Handling EUROW, Lynch Healthcare and MediMattress (Carital) in 2020.
Backed by ArchiMed, a leading independent investment firm specialised in the healthcare industries, who encouraged this strategic growth through dedicated resources and with significant capital commitment, DHG continue to seek new ways to support efforts to move health forward by delivering innovative and leading solutions for individuals whose lives are impacted by reduced movement.