STRETCHERS WITH AN INTEGRATED WEIGHING SYSTEM – $88,000
Emergency and Surgery Departments
Our Emergency (ED) and Surgery Department (Surgery) stretchers do not have the capability of weighing patients. Accurate weights upon admission are crucial to ensuring that the provider can dose weight-based medications appropriately. Most often, our critical patients are immobile, so the nurses have to estimate the patient’s weight which can be far from accurate and lead to weight-based medication administration errors. We give weight-based medications every day, and they are easy to administer for patients who can stand and be weighed, but it is very difficult to get an accurate weight on critical or obese patients. We need ten stretchers because they will be interchangeable. When a stretcher moves from the ED to Surgery, we’ll replace it with one from Surgery, so we always have six stretchers in the ED and four in Surgery.