The WHCG Foundation has purchased an Arjo patient lifter with scales for Dimboola hospital.
The $13,000 patient lifter with scales will benefit all residents (26 aged care residents and four acute patients) of the facility.
The remote-controlled lifter enables team members to transfer residents from bed to chair, chair to bed, allowing residents who have difficulty moving to be more mobile around the facility and within the community.
Without a lifting machine, residents are unable to be transferred safely. The weighing component enables residents to be weighed while they are in the sling with the lifter and it means residents do not have to undergo many different transfers to have a monthly weigh-in as required by the Department of Health.
Dimboola acting NUM Breanna Eldridge said the new lifter improved both patient safety and team member safety.
“It reduces manual handling and enables us to transfer residents more efficiently from their beds to their chairs when they are no longer able.”
Ms Eldridge thanked the Foundation for their support.
Picture: New WHCG Foundation director Richard Goudie is shown how the lifter works with Di Russell-Haby, Renu Sivadas, Breanna Eldridge and patient Kerry.
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24 October 2022