The multi-purpose chairs can be used in a variety of clinical settings. Patients can sit upright or fully recline, or they can lie down completely flat like on a bed. The stability of twin columns under the chair means it can be used for CPR or specialised procedures. The height of the chair is also fully adjustable.
“The previous chairs we were using before could put a strain on the nurses’ backs because you couldn’t adjust the height,” Nomer says. “And they weren’t suitable as an assessment bed. If there’s only one patient in that space, we can now pull a curtain closed around them and do the assessment right there in the chair. They can lie flat if necessary and if there’s an emergency like a vasovagal (faint) episode, we can manage that more easily too.”
The chairs (which are capable of holding 300kg), sit on easy-to-steer castor wheels so patients who are in extreme discomfort like abdominal pain are not forced to get up and walk to an assessment bed when one becomes available – they can simply be wheeled there.