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Orange Regional Medical Center Patients Get a Lift

July 22, 2009

Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Center has invested $300,000 in new technology and equipment to increase patients’ ease of mobility, safety and satisfaction during their hospital stay and decrease manual lifting of patients by clinical staff. The equipment is comprised of mechanical lifting aids and strong fabric tools used to ensure a patient’s safety and comfort during transportation while protecting caregivers’ backs when lifting and moving patients from beds, chairs, and to a variety of other positions.

Orange Regional employees Elfrieda Roze-Auinger, Roxanna Pantano, Lisa Haynes and Kate Salvati.
Orange Regional employees Elfrieda Roze-Auinger, Roxanna Pantano, Lisa Haynes and Kate Salvati.

“We now have the ability to take a bedridden patient and allow them more comfort, freedom and mobility,” said Kathy Guido, Orange Regional’s Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “Many patients feel embarrassed when nursing staff have to lift and carry them during their stay. The ability to regain a sense of control and dignity is a huge factor in patient satisfaction and promoting an environment where patients can heal, physically and emotionally. This is very important to all staff at Orange Regional.”

Additionally, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses, nursing assistants and orderlies were noted as among the top three employee groups with the highest number of injuries while at work. Healthcare workers suffer one of the highest rates of strains and sprains (especially in the back, neck and shoulders) due to overexertion related to lifting and moving patients. This new equipment further benefits our community by reducing the number of injuries to the clinical staff which provides them a greater opportunity to deliver quality healthcare to our patients.

For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center, call the Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) or www.ormc.org.


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