Surgery 3100/3200/3300 of Saskatoon City Hospital is an 87-bed unit that looks after 4,600 patients every year – 2,900 of those are orthopedic patients. The units are very busy.
“The three units are post-surgery recovery,” says manager Dolores Kraft. “Units 3100 and 3200 are primarily for patients in shorter-term recovery while unit 3300, and part of 3200 care for trauma patients transferred from RUH. They require more convalescence and can be here anywhere between a month and a year.”
Surgical Services needs an infusion of new equipment, beginning with wheelchairs, Kraft says. “Wheelchairs have a finite lifespan and need to be replaced yearly, especially when used as extensively as they are in Surgical Services.”
The units also need a new bladder scanner, she adds. “We currently have two that are six- and 10-years old. Our clinical engineering department tells us the older scanner will need replacing soon.
It’s important we have functioning bladder scanners for post-operative patients.”
With close to five thousand patients annually, other items needed are new mattresses, Kraft reports. “Like the wheelchairs, they wear out with frequent use. When the surface cracks that becomes an infection control issue and replacement is required.”
Also a safety need, are new patient helpers. “These are bars that allow recovering patients to lift themselves to move on the bed and sit up. There are about 60 between the units with two dozen nearing or at end of use.”
Surgical Services could also use another patient lift. “Many long-stay patients require a lift to move them from bed to wheelchair or bed to shower chair. When long-stay numbers increase, more lifts are required.”
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