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Donated lift aids Tuality Healthcare patients and staff

January 25, 2012

For immediate release
Contact:  Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654

A ceiling-mounted patient lift donated by Advanced Technology Group (ATG) of Hillsboro will be a big boost to Tuality patients who need assistance getting from a gurney or wheelchair into bed and for the nurses and support staff who care for them.

The model GH3 lift made by V. Guldmann A/S of Denmark has been installed in one of the Medical/Surgical rooms at Tuality. When fully operational, the device will be able to lift patients weighing up to 770 pounds and transfer them to and from a wheelchair, stretcher or bed via the ceiling mounted track system.

Mark Haldeman of ATG, the exclusive dealer for Guldmann lifts in Oregon, Washington and Arizona, said there were two main reasons his company donated the lift to Tuality:

  • It allows hospital staff to handle patients safely, particularly those who require extensive lifting or positioning assistance. 
  • And, it’s an educational tool for nurses and support staff who might not have received training in use of lifts while in training.

“Tuality was our first choice for donating a lift,” Haldeman said. “ATG is a Hillsboro company with a long relationship with Tuality. Donating the lift allows us to benefit both our local hospital and the people within our community.”

Christine Meyers, Tuality’s director of inpatient services, is pleased to have the new equipment. “Thanks to ATG, this lift allows us to move patients in a safer, more supportive way,” Meyers said. “It gives us many options for caring for our patients and their specialized needs.” 

The ceiling-mounted lift is superior to portable lifts because it provides a benefit at the point of care, in the patient’s room, Meyers said. Plus, having the lift in a permanent location encourages staff to use the equipment, she said.

Use of the new lift also will lower the risk of occupational back pain among nurses and support staff.  According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, occupational back injury is the second leading occupational injury in the United States.  With the aging workforce in America, pursuing methods to prevent back injuries is becoming a critical element of providing healthcare services.