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New Emergency Transport Solution for Bariatric Patients Offered by Englewood Hospital

Advanced Ambulance Device Allows for Safe, Dignified Transport

(Englewood, NJ, May 31, 2012) –Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is now among the growing number of hospitals nationwide to be specially equipped for the care and transport of obese patients. The Medical Center offers Bergen County’s first and only TranSafe Bariatric Ramp system, a portable stretcher and ramp loading system that supports up to 1,300 pounds and provides a new level of safety and comfort for overweight patients transported via ambulance in both emergency and non-emergency situations.

“We can now safely transport larger patients into and out of an ambulance in any situation and environment while maintaining their dignity,” said Denise Arzoomanian, RN, EMS Educator at Englewood Hospital. “More and more, we’re transporting larger patients, and we recognized the need for this kind of equipment. Additionally, this system will help minimize the risk of injury to emergency personnel when lifting and moving very large patients.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports 30-percent of American adults are obese. Researchers with Duke University predict that number will jump to more than 40-percent by 2030. The new figure suggests health systems across the country will care for 32-million more obese people within the next 20 years. While obesity prevention practices are critical, preparing for this increasing patient population is also of paramount importance. In New Jersey alone, one in four adults is considered obese, according to 2010 state data released by the CDC.

“Englewood Hospital continues to invest in safe patient transport and lifting equipment to care for our larger patients,” said Maddy Pearson, MA, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. “Our Medical Center is equipped with bariatric beds, stretchers, and wheelchairs as well as lifting, standing and raising aids to facilitate safe and dignified handling and transfer of patients during routine care.”

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center has two ambulances outfitted to accommodate the new ramp system. Its unique features allow for a quick and convenient set-up, with an installation time of less than one minute, conserving valuable seconds during life and death rescues.

The ramp connects to a metal plate on the back of the ambulance. The bariatric stretcher is then attached to a mechanical device inside the truck and pulled up the ramp. This allows EMS personnel to safely and securely guide the stretcher into the ambulance without lifting, pulling or pushing.

Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and nurses of the EMS Department at Englewood Hospital are completing training on the new ramp system and will officially begin using it on June 1.

Additionally, in an effort to support the medical needs of all large patients in the region, Englewood Hospital is proud to make the TranSafe Bariatric Ramp system available to all EMS agencies in the Bergen County area.

“Any EMS agency in the region that needs this equipment may call our dispatch center to request it,” said Arzoomanian. EMS agencies should call 201-894-3756.

To learn more about Englewood Hospital, visit www.englewoodhospital.com.

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.