Chesterfield Royal Hospital’s critical care unit received 24 patient beds that will enhance patient care in the department. The unit looks after those needing round the clock, one-on-one care for illnesses, such as organ failure or respiratory support.
The new specialised beds provide enhanced functions, such as multiple heights and positions. This will minimise colleagues’ risk or injury when aiding and supporting patients.
Natalie Cooper-Hatch and Maxine Hardy, Critical Care Matrons at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “As a team, we are so pleased to have 24 new beds arrive onto Critical Care this week, replacing our previous beds. The technology is extremely advanced, and it will really enhance the patient care we are able to deliver to some of the hospital’s most vulnerable patients.
“Critical care is where our really poorly patients are cared for, with some patients being with us for months. Last year we looked after more than 1,000 patients and we know that these beds will make a huge difference to our patients and our team; we can’t wait to start using them to see the benefits in patient care and our patients’ recovery.”
Repositioning patients in bed regularly has many benefits, including better respiratory care, early mobilisation and can reduce the risk of pressure damage, assisting in recovery. The high-tech beds have in-built scales, providing accurate weight monitoring which influences nutrition needs and medication doses.
Sarah Ward, Deputy Chief Nurse at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are delighted to receive these state-of-the-art beds onto our critical care unit. The team look after the sickest patients, often with life-threatening illnesses. With the increased functionality and technology these beds offer, we know that we’ll be able to do more for our patients.
“Having these beds in our busy critical care unit enables us to continue to deliver exceptional care to those patients who really need specialised support from our skilled and dedicated patient care team.”
Special training will be taking place in the unit over the next few weeks, to ensure colleagues understand all functions of the beds. The previous beds in the unit will go on to be recycled or refurbished by the supplier, Linet.
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