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New lift gives patients a boost at PHH

Posted: Friday, December 8, 2017

At some point, all of us can use a little lift. Now patients at Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) are getting that support thanks to a new assistive device.

The Sara Stedy is a wheeled aid that helps patients with weakened muscles transfer from a seated position to a standing position. Following the rigors of childbirth and some orthopedic surgeries, such as knee replacement, patients are often very weak and inclined not to get up and move as soon as they should. Standing helps improve circulation, which fosters healing, and once patients can get on their feet, they are encouraged to work on regaining their independence. Two Sara Stedy devices are now helping patients in the Family Birthing Center and the Medical Surgical unit get back on their feet.

“We’re very pleased to have this option, particularly for moms in our Family Birthing Center,” says Jenny Dohrman, manager of Inpatient Services at PHH. “When a woman’s been in labor for 18 hours, she’s exhausted after the baby arrives, so even getting out of bed to go to the bathroom is an enormous effort. This device is a big help. The mom swings herself to a sitting position at the edge of the bed, holds onto the crossbar and puts her feet on the foot plate, and the nurse flips down the seat behind her and wheels her over to the bathroom. Moms have really appreciated this extra help in the first few hours after delivery.”

The device can also be used to assist individuals who have balance or mobility issues, lower extremity disabilities, or spinal cord injury. With a 400-pound rating and a pivoting, divided seat, the Sara Stedy can accommodate most patients, and since the sturdy pedal-operated chassis rolls on low-friction casters, it is easy for caregivers to use. Funding for the purchase was provided by the Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild through the Parkview Huntington Foundation.

“Guild members wanted to be able to provide equipment that would make a tangible difference in some aspect of patient care,” says Mike Perkins, director of the foundation. “This simple-to-use aid was a great choice for meeting a very particular need.”

PHH Family Birthing Center nurses Angie Skinner, center, and Beth Crist, right, demonstrate the new Sara Stedy lift for Anne Malone, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild. The wheeled assistive device helps support moms who have recently given birth and have not yet regained their full strength to stand and walk and those patients with weakened muscles or mobility challenges. The lift is one of two purchased for hospital patients thanks to Guild funding through the Parkview Huntington Foundation.