Equipment procurement is essential to building a successful Safe Patient Handling program.

On the surface, equipment procurement would suggest purchasing patient-lift products attractive enough to entice end-users. Nevertheless, developing a procurement plan which considers many unforeseen nuances associated with patient-lift equipment is the best way to ensure maximum return on the dollar.

Along more general lines of thinking, organizations often approach patient-lift equipment procurement as simply the means towards providing a justifiable solution to protecting staff from injuries. What is typically not taken into consideration before making these capital equipment investments include: the type of equipment (Total Assist, Moderate Assist, and Lateral Transfer Devices), necessary quantities needed to address injury challenges, and the accessories or “slings” required to operate the equipment consistently and efficiently. Though it is a must that these necessities are taken into consideration, the long-term significance for having patient-lift equipment included as a clinical operational norm is critical when setting new budgets for future project renovations and expansions into patient-care areas which will more than likely require patient-lift equipment.

One of our main focuses or points of emphasis involves helping our clients to decide on an equipment vendor who’s best capable of meeting their needs. This is an important benefit to our partners and is what separates The RP Hawkins Group from similar competitors being that we do not have any exclusive affiliations with any one particular equipment manufacturer. Though we believe that equipment should meet a certain quality and standard, our primary aim is to create and implement processes that ensure optimal end-user utilization regardless of the maker or manufacturer of equipment. We specialize in providing injury prevention insights and do not function as a mere incentive for purchasing large quantities of patient-lift equipment. We align our professional services with equipment manufacturers who are capable of providing quality products to our clients.

In pursuit of decreasing employee injuries related to lifting and handling patients, a Safe Patient Handling program is more likely to be successful when patient-lift equipment is limited to 1 equipment manufacturer but certainly no more than 2 companies per implementing organization. This concept or philosophy is centered upon considering the new workload requirements that the injury prevention program will create for hospital departments that provide support services to patient-care areas. Upkeep processes to include equipment maintenance, laundering, distribution, and cleaning, are simplified when product IFUs (Instructions For Use) are limited to learning one company opposed to multiple.

The assurance that you will have when working with The RP Hawkins Group is that our motivation is not in selling equipment. The recommendations that we make to our clients are based solely on assessed organizational injury prevention needs and employing the processes we know will work to create a successful Safe Patient Handling program.

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