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.

 

Suitable Seating at Work- Does your business have it?

In December 2012,  K-Mart was found not liable for providing suitable seating for cashiers in California. Those cashier areas were not conducive to stools or chairs, and no one had a solution-there is more to it than that-a link to the article is below… But the story is not over, a Class Action Suit has been raised over the provision of offering seats for cashiers in other big box stores in California. One key aspect of the suit   is to ensure workers can sit when possible based on  a current California’s wage order.  Labor Code Section 1198 and Section 14(A) of Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order 7-2001 states  “All working employees shall be provided with suitable seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats.”

Regardless of whether or not the lawsuit is won or lost,  providing a good work environment is what  employers want.  If that includes offering safe, secure, convenient and accessible seating – most employers  would eagerly seek that for their staff.

EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair® is the answer for safe, secure, convenient and accessible seating. The unique design allows placement of this self retracting seat in any location. As long as there is a floor and place to mount EZ-Rest Chair®, only 3 1/4 inches of space is used when the pull down seat is not being used. With the increasing use of portable computers on wheels (COWs), assuring a safe place to rest while typing can be a challenge. EZ-Rest®  mounted in corridors offers the perfect “Rest Station” for staff or visitors needing a monetary break.

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Maintaining high employee job satisfaction is a key to retaining  good staff and consequently,  a major factor in successful customer service delivery.

Bottom line, happy staff lead to happy customers and clients, that leads to better business for everyone…even if means someone is sitting!

To learn more about the Kmart lawsuit, courtesy of Courthouse News Service click here.

For more information on this specialty wall attached seating, EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair® feel free to  click here  to contact us directly.