New Beds Improve Comfort For Short Stay Patients

Monday, 24 April 2017
Qube Portland’s excellent health and safety record has resulted in comfortable new beds for people needing specialist care at Portland District Health.

Qube Ports has donated more than $2500 towards the purchase of new beds for the Short Stay Unit attached to the PDH Urgent Care Centre.

The funds were raised through Qube's Team Recognition program that rewards good health and safety practices that lead to good results. If all targets are met, Qube donates $500 every month to a charity chosen by the local team

Qube Health and safety advisor, Sharon Freyer, said the program gave staff an additional incentive to achieve good health and safety outcomes.

It is important to us that we select a local charity and that money stays in the local community. Keeping it local means something and the Portland team realise they're making a difference to their community.

This year the program raised $5500. Qube is also making a donation to Mission to Seafarers.

PDH's acting nurse unit manager for the urgent care centre, Nicola Taylor, said the beds were better for patients and nurses.

The three new beds feature automatic push-buttons that can be controlled by the patient or nurses for easy adjustment.

They can also be raised and lowered close to the ground, allowing for easier movement of patients.

If CPR is needed, a button can be pushed to drop the bed into a flat position most suitable for the life-saving technique.

The short stay unit is for patients requiring extended monitoring for up to 24 hours but not necessarily needing full admission to a hospital ward.

Prior to arrival of the new beds, regular hospital beds were being used in the unit.

The beds are much better for patients than being on an urgent care trolley and they are more convenient and easy to manoeuvre for nurses, Ms Taylor said.

The short stay unit has improved patient flow and waiting times since its introduction last year.

Patients using the short stay unit need to meet about 30 criteria before being admitted.

The new unit has been developed to care for people who require observation for up to 24 hours, such as those waiting on the results of tests or needing to remain under observation for up to 24 hours. This could include people who have had an allergic reaction, mild concussions or chest pains.

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