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Safe Patient Transport within the Hospital

How are you transporting your patients between rooms, floors, and buildings of your hospital or medical facility? Are you throwing your back out while trying to safely transport patients using manual wheelchairs? You might think that’s just part of the job for nurses and CNAs, but it doesn’t have to be.

Patient Transport Chair

Safety for the patients in your hospital, clinic, or nursing care facility is your number one priority. Using a patient transport chair can actually help prevent staff injuries by reducing the amount of lifting, pushing, and pulling during transport. When you’re looking for a patient chair, you’ll want something that has an automatic break and a parking break, something that has anti-tip casters, swing away footrests and flip up adjustable armrests. Basically, you’ll want a chair that makes your job easier and your patients safer.

One of those products is the BREEZ 1025 Electric Transport Chair. Medical workers in a variety of positions in the healthcare industry have found it easy to maneuver: it can fit through crowded hallways, small doorways; it fits easily on elevators, and in rooms. It has a thoughtful design, with non-marking maintenance free tires, and state-of-the-art controls that give it a smooth, quiet operation, so not to disturb other patients. This chair is exactly what you’re looking for:

  • Weight Capacity: 750 pounds
  • Easy side or front-loading of the patient
  • Easy maneuvering in hospital rooms and crowded hallways
  • It’s motorized, so there’s no manual pushing or pulling

It comes in a variety of seat widths, from 22 inches to 30 inches and you can go up to 22 miles on a single battery charge. When you do need to charge the chair, there is an on-board charging system. Also, the chair can be put into a manual mode. Additional options include an oxygen tank holder, elevating footrests, and shoulder harnesses. The chair is white in color.

Safely Transporting Bariatric Patients

The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing published an article about the noticeable increase in the number of bariatric admissions to healthcare facilities. The article said “the trend presents a challenge to healthcare providers and facilities striving to provide dignified care that is effective and safe for the patient and the provider.” The excessive push/pull force that is needed to manually move patients can lead to musculoskeletal injuries.

Contact an Electro Kinetic Technologies engineer for more information on ergonomic solutions for safe patient transport. 

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