February 7, 2018

Gaylord gets $75K state grant for patient lift systems

Wallingford's Gaylord Specialty Healthcare said it's received a $75,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority to buy and install new ceiling-mounted lift equipment for patient transfers and to improve many of the hospital's existing lift systems.

The grant will support installation of ceiling-mounted lifts in patient and bariatric rooms, the radiology suite and in-patient gymnasium. New and upgraded lifts will be capable of hoisting up to 1,000 pounds, the long-term care facility said.

"The new lift system addresses the care and safety needs of not only our patients, but also our nurses and staff," said Tara Knapp, vice president of development and marketing. "The early discharge of critically ill patients from acute care hospital to Gaylord has accelerated the need for this expansion."

In addition to mobility-limited patients, lifts also help patients on ventilators or who have pneumonia or other pulmonary issues, Knapp said, explaining that for patients lying on their back, the heart and other organs put pressure on the lungs and make it harder to breathe and more difficult to wean from a ventilator. Lifts allow staff to move patients into upright positions to help their lungs and wean them from ventilators sooner, she said.

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