We can talk all day about our associates being our most valuable resource, but actions speak much louder than words. The actions of our Management Staff, Board of Directors and Ascension Health to recommend, approve and invest over $400,000 to make our hospital a safer environment for our patients and associates is a monumental act and investment in a safer environment for all. Some of the equipment currently being used at St. Mary's include:
The AirMatt system reduces back injuries and other stresses that may result from lifting patients for a lateral move. AirMatt also reduces the need for additional personnel to assist in patient transfers.
For the patient, the AirMatt system means a safer more comfortable move from bed to gurney. AirMatt reduces the need for lifting, shifting, or sliding that often adds to pain and discomfort. AirMatt supports the patient safely and results in a smooth, secure transfer.
The AirMatt system transfers a patient on a soft nylon mattress designed with hundreds of tiny perforations on the underside. When the small AirMatt air supply is attached, the mattress is inflated and continues to pump air out of tiny perforations on the underside. This continuous air flow helps eliminate friction between the pad and mattress. With the AirMatt system, medical personnel may transport a patient with ease throughout the hospital for various procedures. The patient may remain on the AirMatt through orthopedics, nursing, radiology, neurology, and oncology procedures. With no metal parts, AirMatt even travels safely through X-ray.
The I-Series chair is designed to allow a single caregiver to transfer a non- or limited- ambulatory patient safely and easily. The I-330 and I-660 chairs perform both stretcher and mobile chair functions. They allow the caregiver to laterally transfer a patient from almost any hospital bed, stretcher, or procedure/exam table to and from the chair without fear and risk of injury to either patient or caregiver. The I-660 provides a new and safe alternative for patient transfer for the growing bariatric population.
The I-Series chairs are customizable, so the caregiver is able to change the position that the patient is in. Frequent change in positioning increases the comfort of the patient, while decreasing the possibility of skin breakdown and irritation.
For information about dimensions, operating instructions and product parts, please see:
read the I-Series product brochure
read the I-Series Owner's Manual
This versatile floor lift can be used for transfers in a seated or lying position, for bathing and toileting or repositioning a patient in bed. This lift has a weight capacity of 700 pounds.
If the patient is laying in bed you may log roll the patient to place the sling. If the patient is in a seated position you may have the patient lean forward and slide the sling down until the arch of the sling is at the patient's coccyx. Once you have the sling under the patient you may then hook the straps to the carrybar.
Using the handheld controller you can then raise the patient off of the surface that they are laying/sitting on. The Ready Care Lift has several emergency features installed. The lift also comes equipped with a weight sensor that prevents the lift from lowering onto the patient or from lifting a load that is too heavy. The slings come in a variety of sizes and weight capacities.
This versatile sit-to-stand lift simplifies lifting and transfers from one seated position to another. The lift is designed to be used with patients who are at least able to partially bear weight and who are cooperative in assisting with their care.
The Barton SafeTtrans reduces both time and caregivers required to transfer a patient, as well as dramatically reducing injuries to both caregivers and patients.
The Barton SafeTtrans is designed to allow caregivers the ability to transfer a non-ambulatory or limited mobility patient safely and easily. With the Barton SafeTtrans, a single caregiver can laterally transfer a patient - even one much larger than the caregiver - from almost any hospital bed, procedure/exam table to stretcher and bed.
To use the Barton SafeTtrans, simply unroll the two sheets underneath the patient. Attach 4 to 5 (depending on patient weight) of the Velcro straps to the top sheet. Place the stretcher next to the bed (or vice versa) and make sure that both are locked.
Place the two IV brackets into the IV sockets of the bed you are transferring to. Place the Barton transfer bar onto the two brackets. Then fasten the 4 or 5 Velcro straps onto the Barton bar. Ensure that the beds are both locked and the side rail nearest the client is raised. Pull out the crank from the Barton bar and turn in a deliberate manner counterclockwise.
The Barton transfer sheets are made of a siliconized nylon that reduces the friction associated with transferring patients. There are a series of handholds along the length of the sheets that allow a sure grip during patient handling/transferring.
The sheets can be used either singly or in a pair. The design of the sheets allows the caregivers to transfer the client in any direction (i.e., logrolling, lifting up in bed, etc). When used in conjunction with the Barton SafeTtrans system, lateral transferring between bed to stretcher and stretcher to bed becomes safer and easier.