Workstations on Wheels (WOWs) and Seating

WOWs, aka Workstations on Wheels- these rolling laptops are the latest and greatest addition to support electronic medical record documentation systems in many healthcare programs. The benefits of the electronic record has been well documented as recently as  May 2013 when Tulane became the recipient of a  “Heroes in Healthcare” Innovation Award- click here to read more.  The good news is that nurses and other professionals can take the computer into the clinical location, whether that is the patient’s bedside,clinics or even, the x-ray room.

Healthcare administrators are now striving to find methods to support the staff in securing effective seating locations while using the WOWs. Historically, charting occurred at nursing stations or central desk areas. Today, treatment is focused in larger patient centered treatment clusters wasting less space on staff desks for seating. Great news for patients, but not so much for those professionals needing to sit to chart. Fortunately, a new product, EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair is now available and has been designed to enable hallway seating. EZ-Rest Chairs are not only convenient but meets 2012 Life Safety Code, 18.2.3.4 (5) which now reflect the ability to have wall attached seating.

Recognizing how important staff comfort and safety is to ensuring quality care, more hospitals are exploring this option. Not only do the EZ-Rest Chairs offer seating for staff, they also provide safe resting spaces for patients and visitors traveling the many long corridors and hallways found in healthcare facilities throughout the world.

EZ-Rest is proud to support healthcare professionals both literally, and figuratively, with our product. To learn more, contact us today.

 

Patient Directed Care; Making Hallways Friendlier

Man sitting in EZ-Rest chairAs organizations struggle to find optimal ways to improve patient directed or patient centered care, the structure of their buildings is often a challenge. Visitors and patients often complain about the distance between departments, as well as from the garage to the necessary treatment center.

Many hospitals and outpatient settings are designed with long hallways and expansive corridors.  Finding a way to offer temporary seating in these areas has not been an easy task. Historically, benches have been added but often these posed safety challenge by taking up limited space. Recent changes to the Joint Commission 2012 Life Safety Codes enable wall attached furniture in hallways exceeding 8 feet in width which certainly will help make seating access a bit easier.

Improving the overall patient and family experience associated with hospital and healthcare delivery is a quickly expanding goal today. Getting around health care buildings is a common challenge throughout the world. Frequently, staff members offer patients and visitors wheelchairs in order to transport those who become fatigued to their destinations. Optimal patient centered care is being designed to support the staff’s ability to ensure patients and visitors safety.  Meanwhile, assuring conformance with multiple regulatory requirements remains an ongoing component in the new patient directed care approach.

EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair® is now being used by organizations to support patient directed care by providing  temporary “Rest Stations” in key locations throughout their facilities.

EZ-Rest, Inc. is committed to providing a viable solution to improve patient’s experiences in the healthcare delivery environment. One Canadian organization, Kingston General Hospital initially placed eight EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chairs in their hallways. In less than a year, the organization added three more seats to improve their accessibility. Please feel free to read more about their experience by  clicking this link.

If your organization is interested in learning more about how EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair®, the only self-retracting wall  mounted seating can improve your patient directed care efforts, please contact us today.