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No More Empty Beds - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2020

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in devices that assist with patient handling and movement. Ms. Boynton says items such as metal roller boards are becoming relics. They not only could pinch and tear patients' skin, but they're so heavy that surgical technicians and nurses faced injuries moving them into position at the bedside. Soft foam roll boards have been around for a while and are a much better alternative. Air-assisted lateral transfer devices are a great improvement in patient handling technology. Rather than requiring at least four people to pull a patient from stretcher to bed, the inflatable mattresses hover a patient on a small cushion of air to make transfers much easier. Even a heavy patient can be moved by one or two people with mini- mal effort. The addition of highly adjustable surgical tables and a wide variety of versatile table attachments has also helped to reduce OR staff injuries, says Ms. Boynton, because a member of the OR team no longer has to hold a patient of sig- nificant weight in place in an awkward position for an extended period of time, while also remaining completely still so surgeons can work unimpeded. Finally, the value of 9 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 STOP THE HURT WHILE YOU WORK ERGONOMIC FLUID MANAGEMENT MAT Our 3-D design relieves pressure and absorbs shock to promote proper circulation. It diminishes knee, leg, back and foot discomfort while standing for long periods, resulting in enhanced performance and ideal patient outcomes. Open grid allows fl uids to fl ow through the mat onto an absorbent pad. PAD NOT INCLUDED • Waterproof/Bacteria-resistant • Made from closed cell EVA • Promotes blood circulation • Prevents numbness • Expendable / Limited Use NEW! GelProMedical.com For additional information & other ergonomic anti-fatigue mat options, contact Will Jones. willj@letsgel.com | ( 512 ) 628-1704 18"x 27" BREATHABLE MASSAGING COMFORT

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