• Amber Perez (left) of Handicare, uses 1st Lt. Ashely Brewer (middle), a resident nurse with the Medical Telemetry Department at Tripler Army Medical Center, and Sgt. Matthew Lane (right), a health care specialist with the Labor and Delivery Department at Tripler, to demonstrate one of the many ways the lift system can be used during the Super User Course at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, May 27, 2014.

    Staff demonstrates lift system during training

    Amber Perez (left) of Handicare, uses 1st Lt. Ashely Brewer (middle), a resident nurse with the Medical Telemetry Department at Tripler Army Medical Center, and Sgt. Matthew Lane (right), a health care specialist with the Labor and Delivery Department...

  • Kelsey McCoskey (left), Safe patient Handling program director and 1st. Lt. Ashton Kimbley (right) prepare to cut the ceremonial cake during the celebration of the phase one completion of 41 patient lift systems into private and semi-private patient rooms at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, June 26, 2014.

    Cake cutting celebration

    Kelsey McCoskey (left), Safe patient Handling program director and 1st. Lt. Ashton Kimbley (right) prepare to cut the ceremonial cake during the celebration of the phase one completion of 41 patient lift systems into private and semi-private patient...

  • During the Super User Course, Staff Sgt. Kimberly Prado (left), non-commissioned officer in charge of Antepartum/GYN, Tripler Army Medical Center, Pvt. James Kolofa (middle), a health care specialist with Antepartum/GYN, and Sgt. Matthew Lane (right), a health care specialist with Labor and Delivery, received hands-on experience with different lift systems and slings installed in the hospital, May 27, 2014 at Tripler in Hawaii.

    Super User Course offers hands-on training

    During the Super User Course, Staff Sgt. Kimberly Prado (left), non-commissioned officer in charge of Antepartum/GYN, Tripler Army Medical Center, Pvt. James Kolofa (middle), a health care specialist with Antepartum/GYN, and Sgt. Matthew Lane (right)...

  • Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle (middle), commanding general for Pacific Regional Medical Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Luciano (right), senior enlisted advisor for PRMC and Tripler Army Medical Center, along with 1st. Lt. Ashton Kimbley (left), Safe Patient Handling program manager at TAMC, prepare to cut the ceremonial ribbon during the celebration of the phase one completion of 41 patient lift systems into private and semi-private patient rooms, June 26, 2014, at Tripler in Hawaii.

    Ribbon cutting ceremony

    Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle (middle), commanding general for Pacific Regional Medical Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Luciano (right), senior enlisted advisor for PRMC and Tripler Army Medical Center, along with 1st. Lt. Ashton Kimbley (left), Safe...

  • Amber Perez (left) of Handicare uses Sgt. Johnathan Archibald (right), of Labor and Delievery, Tripler Army Medical Center, to demonstrate the proper use of a lift system during the "Super User Course" at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, May 27, 2014.

    TAMC staff receives training on new lift system

    Amber Perez (left) of Handicare uses Sgt. Johnathan Archibald (right), of Labor and Delievery, Tripler Army Medical Center, to demonstrate the proper use of a lift system during the "Super User Course" at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, May 27...

  • Pvt. Benjamin Malecki (right), a health care specialist with the Medical Telemetry Department at Tripler Army Medical Center, helps Amber Perez (left) of Handicare, demonstrate the proper way to use one of the mobile lift systems during the Super User Course at Tripler in Hawaii, May 27, 2014.

    Enhancing patient safety with the use of lift systems

    Pvt. Benjamin Malecki (right), a health care specialist with the Medical Telemetry Department at Tripler Army Medical Center, helps Amber Perez (left) of Handicare, demonstrate the proper way to use one of the mobile lift systems during the Super User...

HONOLULU (July 8, 2014) -- Tripler Army Medical Center here has completed the installation of 41 patient lift systems into private and semi-private patient rooms to enhance staff and patient safety, while enhancing the quality of care provided to patients.

Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle, commanding general of Tripler Army Medical Center, known as TAMC, and Pacific Regional Medical Command, known as PRMC, along with Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Luciano, senior enlisted advisor for TAMC and PRMC, and other hospital leaders attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the project June 26, at TAMC.

TAMC first began the implementation of safe patient handling and mobility programs May 22, after a Joint Incentive Fund proposal was accepted and funded in 2012 to install the comprehensive program.

"Enhancing patient safety and reduction of acute and chronic injury to staff and patients is the core to the Safe Patient Handling Program initiatives," explained 1st Lt. Ashton Kimbley, Safe Patient Handling program manager at TAMC.

Kimbley also says staff members are required to complete safety training prior to operating the lifts.

"We trained unit leaders and select staff for the Super User Course," Kimbley said. "These users will have a monumental impact on the effectiveness of staff training requirements."

Patients can expect to see the lifts at inpatient wards such as Antepartum Gynecology, Medical Oncology, Medical Telemetry, General Surgery, Ortho-Neuro-Vascular, as well as Pediatrics and Labor and Delivery. Sit-to-stand assist lifts and a mobile lifts similar to the wall-mounted lift systems will be provided to the Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Intensive Care Unit.

The second phase of the project includes installation of wall mounted lift systems into private, semi-private, and four-person patient rooms in these wards. Additionally, ambulation tracks will be installed into select hallways. Phase II paperwork has been initiated and has potential for completion in 2015.

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