How procedure chairs can improve efficiency

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Procedure chairs are designed to reliably move and support short stay patients throughout the hospital, reducing the physical strain on carers and meeting the heavy demands of a high daily patient throughput.
This article covers some of the most common areas where a procedure chair can improve efficiency in your facility.

Streamline surgery and reduce manual handling risks

The movement of a patient from pre-op through surgery and to recovery can be challenging with space constraints in a busy environment. Procedure chairs are designed to find the best compromise between the patient’s comfort, the ability to transfer the patient with the least staff input possible, the surgeon teams’ best access to the patient, the safe recovery of the patient and the speed or ease of cleaning.

Traditionally, patients have moved from pre-op onto a transport stretcher, through the procedure, onto recovery and to a recliner chair. This requires two sometimes three patient transfers with the associated manual handling risks to patient and staff. More assets are required to facilitate this process which requires more cleaning and equipment maintenance.

By having one procedure chair per patient to move through the entire system from pre-op to discharge, the process can be streamlined for maximum patient throughput in a range of surgical procedures that are under heavy demand.

The best patient access and a full range of positioning options

Whether it's a medical examination of in-patients by doctors in private clinics or public hospitals, or the waiting and approvals in out-patient areas, the refined overall dimensions of procedure chairs can help to maximise space in small treatment rooms. Procedure chairs offer the best patient access for the carers involved, a full range of patient positioning, CPR and side support to ensure practical use. In the event of an emergency, procedure chairs have been designed to be easily moved through tight doorways and hallways.

Make patient transfers quickly and safely

There are many scenarios within the healthcare environment that require the transfer of patients quickly and safely. The compact design of procedure chairs can help with movement throughout doorways, hallways, access ramps, personnel lifts and medical rooms. Large castor sizes and lightweight construction ensures that operators can manoeuvre with ease both in and outside the facility. With adequate comfort and support, patients can be transferred between departments on products that are built to facilitate smooth bed to bed transfer and easy egress.

The right equipment can help to reduce the number of carers and physical effort that is required to move and position patients daily. No matter which make or model your department is already using, if utilised correctly, procedure chairs can drum up better efficiency within your facility. 

 

Originally published by Modsel. Cubro are the authorised distributor of Modsel procedure chairs and trolleys in New Zealand.