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Patient Experience - June 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Practical pearls A few tips to get the most out of stretcher chairs: • You might need to purchase foot exten- ders for your taller patients. • Make sure your stretcher chair is durable. Some electronic chairs have a remote-control unit that you can detach and set in the patient's lap. Check to see that the remote can withstand being sat on by the patient, or dropped onto the floor by patients or staff. • A rechargeable lithium-ion battery should last 2 years. A battery should last you an entire day. Have a battery on the bed and a backup battery in each room. Change your batteries out every morning and always have one in the charger. Our battery only takes 3.5 hours to charge from empty to full. You should also keep 2 extra batteries in the OR as an emergency backup. Our units come with a power cord that can be used in place of the battery for uninterrupted operation. Staff could struggle shifting from old stretchers to newer stretcher chairs. The chairs are fundamentally different than the stretchers — they don't move the same, sometimes the patients don't look comfort- able without the extenders and staff have to learn how to position the patients properly in the chair. But in the end, it's all about making patients feel comfortable and at ease throughout their procedure, and creating a more positive and safer experience for them and your team. OSM 4 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 1 9 Programmable, motorized stretcher chairs are the Swiss Army knives of surgery, transforming from seat to stretcher to table to recovery recliner as you wheel patients from pre-op to the OR to PACU. Ms. Wiltshire (vwiltshire@sighttrust.com) is vice president and chief operating officer at the SightTrust Eye Institute Surgery Center in Sunrise, Fla.

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