We believe that patient seating in critical care needs to work just as hard for the carer as it does for the cared for. Our range of care chairs are designed and built with both in mind.
The cared for deserve freedom from:
- The isolation of critical illness.
- Uncomfortable, undignified and risky hoist transfers.
- Discomfort and pressure care damage.
- An extended length of stay in hospital due to delayed rehab.
- A rapid transfer back to lay-flat when being sat out for the first time, if BP drops.
- Manual handling and ergonomic risks.
- Lack of early mobilisation because of inadequate equipment.
- Worries about risky hoisting of (intubated) patients.
- Safely transfer intubated patients without relying on hoisting (simple transfer or pat slides laterally).
- Easily mobilise patients and lift them to their feet without risking a back injury.
- “Sit out” patients that were previously considered bed bound.
- Decrease length of stay and discharge patients with a higher functional strength.
- Move patients outside of the unit, eg. to the cafe or a patio / critical care garden – to see “life outside critical care again”.
- Advance the psychological healing process after the isolation of critical illness.
“We look at patients in a different way now and realise that using conventional tilt in space seating, we would never be mobilising these patients the way we are now. It means a much earlier rehab which really is shortening the length of stay on ITU”.
Senior Respiratory Physio using a Caremed Alrick care chair to mobilise patients within ITU.