Assessment of a patient’s ability to assist in own movement is a key component of a safe patient handling plan. The essential elements ought to be comprised in a bedside quick reference to the patient’s current movement capacity and the appropriate equipment solution. If the patient is
ERGOS is a complete solution for transferring and repositioning obese and bariatric patients. ERGOS is the result of collaboration between Greater Glasgow Health Board and Smartlift Medical. Designed in response to identified staff and patient needs, and manufactured in compliance with all relevant regulations, ERGOS is CE compliant and MHRA registered.
Fully automated functions mean there is no need for manual handling risk in patient movement. With a current safe working load (SWL) of 250kg (40st) and a revised SWL of 310kg (50st) now in development, ERGOS is the only floor-based solution that meets the needs of hospital staff and patients.
Patient movement equipment
Base control: the electrically powered base is controlled by a wireless handset that can be used remotely or left in place on the machine. Two settings for variable speed means it can be moved quickly between wards and close to beds, patients and equipment while the ‘crawler’ speed allows staff to drive it close to patients and equipment with confidence.
The completely hands-off dead man means any release of control stops the machine. Porters used to moving equipment between wards have no difficulty in quickly transferring ERGOS. The base is highly controllable and rotates virtually within its own 870mm footprint.
Obese patient hoists and bariatric lifts
Turret control: the simple and intuitive controls for mast raising and lowering, arm extension and retraction, and turret rotation in either direction through 360° makes ERGOS quick and easy to use and allows patients to be lifted from or placed in position wherever required. Repositioning and bed-to-chair transfers are done using finger control functions, and patients have the benefit of a secure, smooth and confident transfer, which puts them at ease.
All three turret functions can be used at one time to give maximum precision in placing patients. The counterbalance system means the patients are lifted from any position into a comfortable sit-sling position with no swing effect.
Sit-sling patient movement and bariatric mortuary slings
Functionality: ERGOS can lift from the floor to bed height. It can transport patients in a sit sling and in a prone position. Simple transfer movement can be done by most staff with simple instruction. Use in theatre for heavy orthopaedic and cardiac patients is available with backboard lifting. Infection control is easily achieved by wipe down and spray disinfectant.
ERGOS also has a mortuary transfer system that is available from standard through to bariatric mortuary slings.
Bariatric slings and patient hoists
ERGOS bariatric slings are recommended for use on a patient by patient basis. ERGOS is designed on the basis of research and collaborative development with hospitals in Glasgow and Southend, and provides a specific solution for obese and bariatric patient movement that is not provided by any other solution to the same degree of functionality and flexibility of use. It can also be used for lower-weight patients.
Bariatric patient movement equipment
Safety and training: safety and quality of service are the two key objectives of Smartlift medical. We provide a full training package for all staff and certify all trained staff. Our sales staff are trained in moving and handling and sling measurement to suit patients. Our equipment is designed to produce the safest method of patient movement available to staff (see papers on our web pages). Servicing is available on a contracted basis. We are happy to make ERGOS available for demonstration and trial.
Smartlift Engineering is a company registered in Scotland and is the owner of all patent, trademark, copyright and design rights in the products of the company and the name ERGOS.
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ERGOS is a new bariatric patient movement system developed in collaboration with Greater Glasgow Health Board. It provides better value in patient movement because it is a fully automated remote control system that removes the manual handling risk from patient movement. The added value is deliver
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