TAMC unveils new patient lifts

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Amber Perez of Handicare uses 1st Lt. Ashely Brewer, resident nurse, Medical Telemetry, to demonstrate one of the many ways the lift system can be used as Sgt. Matthew Lane, health care specialist, Labor and Delivery, observes, May 27. (Photo by Spc. Paxton Busch, Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs)

Amber Perez of Handicare uses 1st Lt. Ashely Brewer, resident nurse, Medical Telemetry, to demonstrate one of the many ways the lift system can be used as Sgt. Matthew Lane, health care specialist, Labor and Delivery, observes, May 27. (Photo by Spc. Paxton Busch, Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs)

System improves patients’ mobility, enhances safety

Ana Allen and Spc. Paxton Busch, Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs

HONOLULU – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Tripler Army Medical Center, here, June 26, after the installation of 41 patient lift systems into private and semiprivate patient rooms.

Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle (middle), commanding general for Pacific Regional Medical Command (PRMC), and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Luciano (Right), senior enlisted adviser for PRMC and Tripler Army Medical Center, along with 1st. Lt. Ashton Kimbley (left), Safe Patient Handling Program manager at TAMC, prepare to cut the ceremonial ribbon during the celebration of the phase one completion of 41 patient lift systems into private and semiprivate patient rooms, June 26 at TAMC, Hawaii. (Photo by Ana Allen, Pacific Regional Medical Command)

Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle (middle), commanding general for Pacific Regional Medical Command (PRMC), and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Luciano (Right), senior enlisted adviser for PRMC and Tripler Army Medical Center, along with 1st. Lt. Ashton Kimbley (left), Safe Patient Handling Program manager at TAMC, prepare to cut the ceremonial ribbon during the celebration of the phase one completion of 41 patient lift systems into private and semiprivate patient rooms, June 26 at TAMC, Hawaii. (Photo by Ana Allen, Pacific Regional Medical Command)

The lifts enhance staff and patient safety and the quality of care provided to patients.
TAMC first began the implementation of safe patient handling and mobility programs, May 22, after a joint incentive fund proposal was funded in 2012 to install the comprehensive program.

“Enhancing patient safety and reduction of acute and chronic injury to staff and patients is the core to the Safe Patient Handling Program initiatives,” said 1st Lt. Ashton Kimbley, TAMC Safe Patient Handling Program manager.

Kimbley explained that staff members are required to complete safety training prior to operating the lifts.

“We trained unit leaders and select staff for the super user course. These users will have a monumental impact on the effectiveness of staff training requirements,” he said.

Sit-to-stand assist lifts and mobile lifts similar to wall-mounted lift systems will be provided to the Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Intensive Care Unit.

The second phase of the project includes installation of wall-mounted lift systems into private, semiprivate and four-person patient rooms in these wards.

During the Super User Course, Staff Sgt. Kimberly Prado (left), noncomissioned officer in charge (NCOIC) of Antepartum/GYN, Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC); Pvt. James Kolofa (middle), 68W (health care specialist) of Antepartum/GYN, TAMC; and Sgt. Matthew Lane (right), 68W, (health care specialist) of Labor and Delivery, TAMC, received hands-on experience with different lift systems and slings installed into the hospital on May 27, 2014, at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii. (Photo by Spc. Paxton Busch, Pacific Regional Medical Command)

During the Super User Course, Staff Sgt. Kimberly Prado (left), noncomissioned officer in charge (NCOIC) of Antepartum/GYN, Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC); Pvt. James Kolofa (middle), 68W (health care specialist) of Antepartum/GYN, TAMC; and Sgt. Matthew Lane (right), 68W, (health care specialist) of Labor and Delivery, TAMC, received hands-on experience with different lift systems and slings installed into the hospital on May 27, 2014, at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii. (Photo by Spc. Paxton Busch, Pacific Regional Medical Command)

Additionally, ambulation tracks will be installed into select hallways.

Phase II paperwork has been initiated and has the potential for completion in 2015.

Uplifting Experience
Patients can expect to see the lifts at the following inpatient wards:
•Antepartum,
•General surgery,
•Gynecology,
Labor and delivery,
•Medical oncology,
•Medical telemetry,
•Ortho-neuro-vascular and
•Pediatrics.

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