Archive June 2019 XX, No. 6

Sweet Ride From Start to Finish

Stretcher chairs let patients begin and end their surgical journey on the same surface.

Victoria Wiltshire

Victoria Wiltshire, MBA, RN


SightTrust Eye Institute Surgery Center
SET IT + FORGET IT You can control patient positioning for pre-op, transport, surgery and post-op with a push of a button so that patients never have to move from their stretcher chair.

Kids like to drive electric cars to the OR. Older patients prefer the quiet ride of a motorized stretcher chair that transforms from seat to transport stretcher to OR table to recovery recliner as you wheel them from one station to the next.

A strange calm comes over our cataract patients when we tell them that they never have to move from their pre-operative chairs until after they've had their snack and sunglasses. When we show them to their recliner at check-in, they feel like first-class passengers on a 2-hour direct flight to IOL International with no connections or layovers.

Each of our 4 stretcher chairs here at SightTrust Eye Institute Surgery Center in Sunrise, Fla., is a self-contained unit. To the chair's IV poles we strap monitors and baskets that hold the patient's charts. When you can move patients from their pre-op bay to the OR to recovery without transfers and without hooking up and unhooking monitors over and over, you'll save time, reduce the risk of falls and protect your staff from lifting injuries.

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