The top three considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing surgical mobility equipment are: safe patient handling, optimal patient throughput and maximizing surgical space.
1. Safe Patient Handling
To retain a healthy nursing staff and meet Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal #9 (reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls), implement equipment that achieves safe patient handling. This can be accomplished with mobile surgical stretcher-chairs. Motorized positioning from chair to stretcher, allows surgical outpatients to go from pre-op, to surgery, to post-op on one surface—eliminating the need to transfer or manually position the patient. This reduces the likelihood of Workers’ Compensation costs associated with staff lifting injuries. In addition, the elimination of transfers greatly reduces patient fall risk.
2. Optimal Patient Throughput
It’s simple—time is money. If more outpatients can be moved through surgery safely, more revenue can be made. How is this achieved? Reduce patient transfers. Currently, surgical staff perform an average of 3 transfers per case. Multiply this with the number of surgeries performed at your facility each year. That’s a considerable amount of time spent transferring patients! Take surgery to the next level – purchase stretcher-chairs to eliminate transfers. one Patient, one surface from admission to discharge. By eliminating transfers both patient throughput and revenue is increased, thus netting a return on investment that is measured in months, not years.
3. Maximizing Surgical Space
Maximize surgical space by utilizing mobile equipment that has multiple uses and requires less space. The small footprint of stretcher-chairs is making a large impression in the outpatient surgery market. In the upright position, a stretcher-chair requires half the space than a traditional stretcher. It is also easier to navigate through hallways and other close quarters. Yet at the push of a button it converts to a full-length stretcher for surgical procedures.