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Archive >  November, 2013 XIV, No. 11

Ideas That Work: One Good Turn

Big Wheels Improve Patient Transport

big wheels BIG WHEEL When maintenance added larger wheels to recovery chairs, patient transport became less of an uphill push.

Big Wheels Improve Patient Transport

Our maintenance staff saw our CRNAs and techs struggling and straining to push sedated post-op patients in recliner chairs from the OR through the carpeted Phase 2 recovery area. So they suggested removing the 2 little, stubbornly zigzagging rear wheels and replacing them with bigger ones, like those on a tricycle, making the chairs easier to push and steer. Problem solved, and less risk of on-the-job aches and pains.

Lisa Moschkau, RN, BSN, MASL
St. Cloud Surgical Center
St. Cloud, Minn.

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