Storing hospital beds efficiently is undoubtedly a challenge that most, if not all, hospitals face. Often, they are littered across hallways and basements with nowhere else to go. However, this causes a lot of problems with code compliance and safety. Jim Deller at SSG helped one hospital solve this problem easily with vertical hospital bed lifts, which can store multiple hospital beds in the same footprint as a single bed.
How the Bed Lifts Saved Space & Improved Hospital Operations
Hospitals have to store a lot of beds; oftentimes, much more than they have room for, and there are also a percentage of extra beds that need to be stored in case a bed needs to be repaired. Additionally, a hospital may have anywhere from 5% to 10% of their beds out for repair at any given time. A 400-bed hospital could potentially have 20 to 40 beds needing repair. They are also expensive and require maintenance, meaning they need to be stored somewhere while they’re waiting to be repaired. Hospitals often have to resort to storing them in hallways and other inconvenient locations where they can easily be run into and damaged or can impede hospital operations by being in the way.
SSG provided five vertical bed lifts to a hospital that was having this exact problem. Each lift stores three hospital beds in a single compact footprint, allowing them to store 15 beds in their small storage room. Previously, this hospital stored their unused beds in hallways and other inconvenient spots in the hospital. Because of this, there were various issues related to code violations, lost and damaged beds, and lack of space. It was difficult to retrieve beds and navigate them through the hospital, and the staff was wasting valuable time hunting for the beds that were needed.
The vertical hospital bed lifts provided a heavy-duty storage solution that was neat, safe, and easy for all of the hospital staff to use. The lifts provide plenty of storage space for all of their extra beds in addition to security, protection from damage, and a fast, easy method of keeping inventory.
The hospital currently has 265 patient beds and will soon be building a new patient tower with 80 more. When construction is finished, the hospital plans on adding more vertical bed lifts to accommodate their new storage capacity.
Contact Us for Vertical Hospital Bed Lifts
Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for vertical hospital bed lifts to help you get started on saving space and having more time for patient care. The bed lifts can also be designed in our BIM Revit software, where you can design the exact solution you need to your specific needs. For more information or to speak with a specialist to see if a vertical bed lift is right for you, give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.