How does a patient stretcher improve efficiency?

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Patient transport trolleys and stretchers are crucial for moving and supporting short-stay patients across the healthcare system. They help reduce physical strain on carers and meet the demands of high daily patient throughput.

This article will discuss some of the most common areas where a patient stretcher can improve efficiency in your facility.

How does a patient stretcher streamline transfers?

From the arrival of a patient at a hospital, transport trolleys play a critical role in moving and handling. Typically, emergency vehicle stretcher platforms are lightweight and narrow to assist in lifting patients in and out of tight vehicular spaces. The reduction in stability during manoeuvring requires extreme care.

Where distance is required, immediate transfer of the patient (or patient stretcher) onto a larger, more stable platform can increase transfer safety and speed. Moving the patient quickly to a transport and procedure trolley ensures adequate support for emergency medical procedures, x-rays, and recovery. This provides short-stay comfort for the patient, while healthcare staff gain fast access and easy interdepartmental movement across the facility.

How does a patient stretcher streamline surgery?

Moving a patient from pre-op through surgery to recovery can be challenging with space constraints in a busy environment. Patient stretchers are designed to balance patient comfort, minimal staff input for transfers, optimal access for surgical teams, safe patient recovery, and ease of cleaning.

Using one stretcher per patient throughout this process can streamline efficiency, maximising patient throughput for a range of high-demand surgical procedures.

How does a patient stretcher help with easy examination?

Whether for in-patient medical exams by doctors in private clinics or public hospitals, or for waiting and approvals in out-patient areas, patient stretchers with refined dimensions help maximise space in small treatment rooms. They offer better patient access for carers, a full range of patient positioning, and CPR and side support for practical use.

In emergencies, patient stretchers are designed for easy movement through tight doorways and hallways.

How does a patient stretcher maximise movement?

Healthcare environments require quick and safe patient transfers. The compact design of patient stretchers aids movement through doorways, hallways, access ramps, lifts, and medical rooms. Large castor sizes and lighter trolley weight ensure easy manoeuvring and transport both inside and outside the facility.

With adequate comfort and support, patients can be transferred between departments on trolleys designed for smooth bed-to-bed transfer and easy egress. The right equipment reduces the number of carers needed and the physical effort required for daily patient movement and positioning.

No matter the make or model of stretcher your department uses, proper utilisation can significantly improve efficiency within your facility. If you're considering implementing stretchers in your department, contact us to find out more about our range of patient stretchers, please get in touch with our team.

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