Staff orientation in new hospital using latest technology

Grant Looker tests out one of the new hoists from a patient's perspective.

30 May 2013

This week staff are being oriented to the new hospital with some sessions on how to use the electronic ceiling hoists that are fitted in each ward.

Project Manager Hospital Redevelopment Steve Berendsen is working with staff to get them up to speed with the new technology.

There will be one hoist that holds up to 250kg per adult ward in the redevelopment, a further portable 250kg hoist  per floor and one hoist that lifts up to 500kg on each floor. In particular, one bariatric room is fitted with ceiling tracks that allow a patient to be hoisted and transported to the bathroom on the hoist.

“Having electronic ceiling hoists with this capability is fantastic,” said Steve. “The hoists are great for our patients and great for our nurses.”

“Each hoist comes with different attachments for lifting. They can lift people lying flat, in a sitting position or even off the floor. They can also be used to turn a patient.”

Staff were very impressed with the technology noting that less staff would be required to move or turn bariatric patients and it would be much more comfortable for staff and for the patients.

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Last updated: Thursday, May 30, 2013

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