The West Nipissing General Hospital has recently received 10 new beds to help us keep our residents, patients and staff safe. These 10 are slated for our NCU/CCC Department and an additional 10 are forthcoming and will be placed in our Long-Term Care Department.
These state-of-the-art beds are equipped with a bed exit system which is set to ring if the center of gravity of the patient is displaced. An alarm will then ring in the Nursing Station, prompting our caregivers to investigate. This in turn allows us to take a more proactive approach to help prevent patient falls with an enhanced ability to monitor risk and the tools necessary to respond in a timely manner.
In addition, these also have a reduced height which makes it easier for patients to get in and out of bed. The height can also be easily adjusted so that our caregivers do not have to strain to assist the patient in exiting the beds.
This equipment, which goes a long way in reducing injury and minimizing response time for patients in need, was ordered after our Quality & Patient Care Committee identified falls as an area of focus on their 2021 Quality Improvement Plan.
The items on our Quality Improvement Plans are revisited monthly to ensure that we meet our targets in enhancing the quality of patient care at our hospital.