In an ongoing effort to reduce the prevalence of in-hospital patient falls and make the job of nurses and other caregivers safer and easier, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby recently purchased 21 new, state-of-the-art ProCuity® beds equipped with wireless technology and the industry’s first and only cable-less nurse call, Secure® Connect.
ProCuity is set at an industry low height of 11.5 inches to help prevent both falls and their recurrence. It also comes equipped with USB ports for charging phones, intuitive bed monitoring systems and patient alarms as well as ergonomic side rails and one-touch electric brakes. It is also the industry’s first completely wireless hospital bed.
“Our nurses and other team members are excited to be using ProCuity, as it will go a long way toward making their jobs more efficient, while enhancing patient safety,” said CRMC’s Nursing Director Gordon McArthur. “Adapting the best and latest technology to improve the delivery of care was important to us.”
Research shows that between 700,000 and 1 million patients experience a fall while being treated in the hospital annually, with 79 percent of falls occurring on or near a bed while unassisted. Anywhere from 30 to 51 percent of in-hospital falls result in injuries.
“We are pleased to be working with CRMC to bring this next generation solution to their facility,” said Jessica Mathieson, VP/GM of Acute Care, Stryker. “The feedback we have gotten from nurses and other healthcare professionals is that fall prevention, standardization and patient and caregiver safety are incredibly important to hospitals today – and we achieve all of these outcomes with ProCuity.”
For its most critical patients, CRMC also purchased three InTouch critical care beds as well as three Isolibrium powered support surfaces, designed to assist in the prevention and treatment of all pressure injuries (stages 1-4, unstageable and deep tissue injury). Pressure injuries – which can be dangerous or fatal – result from lying in bed for extended periods of time, and they cost the U.S. healthcare system up to 11.6 billion dollars annually.
Pictured with a gift wrapped new bed are left to right: Critical Care Nursing Director Stephanie Nelson, R.N.; Darrel Dwire, R.N.; Jackie Holmes, R.N.; Nursing Director Gordon McArthur, R.N.; Supply Chain Manager Terry Abear; Alicen Bartel, N.A.R.; Abbey Sheler of Stryker; and Kristen Hollinbeck, R.N.