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Alto - Stretcher with innovative hydraulic lifting system

There are many reasons why you need an Alto

The new Alto is a completely new concept, conceived by Spencer, for the transport and transfer of patients between hospitals. It has been developed to meet with the ever increasing demand of the market, for a stretcher that can automatically raise up to one metre, for an easy transfer of the patient from the bed to the stretcher. For example, many X-ray tables are about one meter high, but no stretcher is high like that. This means the operator must lift the patient, creating risks to both the patient safety and the operator. Spencer Alto unites an excellent level of comfort for the patient with the reduction of effort on the part of the operator. It is simple in its substance but with a balanced relation between comfort and cost.
The intelligent lifting system for raising patients to a height of one metre is the fruit of an advanced project that has established new standards of the X-frame stretcher in terms of agility and reduction of effort required.


The system verifies continuously the stability, adapting itself to the height needed: the “flexible” distribution of the two axles allows the wheels to achieve a maximum traction and to make the most of the thrust. Therefore, the stretcher always offers an optimal stability and gear dynamics.


The comfort and the ergonomics of the stretcher have been raised and this allows for a reduction in the effort expended, to an increase in safety and therefore improved performances of the operators. Durability is guaranteed by the stainless steel, welded framework with aluminium and polycarbonate inserts. The polished finish and easy access to all parts, enables an efficient maintenance and sanitization of the stretcher.

By optimizing the position of the controls and the centre of gravity, it has been possible to obtain an absolute control and dominance of the stretcher. But we are not dealing only with a sensation: notwithstanding a natural tendency to lean sideways, predictable when the surface for the patient is raised relatively high, the Alto has a notable steering capacity and minimum risk of lateral pitching.
This has been obtained from the combination of the calibration of the springs, the wheel tracking and the pace, from the specific mixture of wheels that have a greatly reduced drift, and from the Twist system that provides the possibility to vary the interlocking, depending on the conditions in which the stretcher has to be steered.