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Mercy Foundation Purchases New High-Tech Wheelchairs

May 25, 2015 01:26PM ● By MED Magazine

Mercy Medical Center recently partnered with Stryker Medical, a leading manufacturer of patient care equipment, to outfit their facility with the most advanced technology in wheelchairs.  Mercy is the only medical facility in the region to offer the new state-of-the-art wheelchairs.


The new patient-designed transport chair alleviates common issues with wheelchairs and sets a new standard in caring for and transporting patients.  The chairs were designed by engineer Michael Graves who had studied the more traditional wheelchair design prior to being paralyzed in an accident.  At first glance, the most noticeable difference is the ergonomic shape of the new chairs, with uninhibited patient access allowing the attached legs to swing away. The chair also has the ability to accommodate a weight capacity of 500 lbs. 


"The hand grips and wheel design will help eliminate caregiver injuries due to back strain from pushing and pulling," said Tracy Larson, Mercy VP of Patient Care Services/CNO.  "Most importantly, these chairs are safer for the patient." 


Other features and benefits are flip-up footrests, one-touch central brakes, backsmart push handles, and big wheel maneuverability that makes steering and cornering easier.


"The Mercy Foundation is pleased to support our care givers and patients with these new wheelchairs which will provide safer transport for both groups.  These chairs are ergonomically correct and easy to use, reducing the risk of injury for both our colleagues and our patients," said Lea Greathouse, Executive Director of the Mercy Medical Center Foundation.