The Baby Boomer Impact on Hospital Wheelchair Transportation
By 2050, more than 20% of the world’s population will be at least 60 years of age, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Physical activity levels tend to decline with age; only one third of 70-79-year-olds meet basic WHO guidelines for physical activity.
Trends show the baby boomer generation will continue to have increasing health issues, age-related disabilities, diabetes, obesity, hypercholesterolemia and hypertension. Conditions such as cancer and heart disease tend to accumulate with age.
Because of these issues, some seniors will function like thirty-year olds while others will require full or partial assistance with everyday activities.
What does this mean for hospital wheelchair transportation?
It means as the population ages, the number of patients that will need transportation in hospital settings will grow, and hospitals will require more workers to transport those patients in comfortable, senior-friendly wheelchairs.
This includes everything from a trip to the hospital from the parking lot, to a trek from a patient room for an MRI, to a visit to a doctor’s office in a large medical facility.
Hospital employees will require bigger fleets of sturdy wheelchairs that can withstand heavy-duty usage while escorting these patients to, from, and within their facilities. It also means that the hospital handling functions of transport, logistics and escort will become even more essential, and wheelchairs must be seen as patient-care, quality-control investments.
Attendants and caregivers in the hospital setting will need convenient, comfortable means to transport more patients more easily.
Graham-Field’s Future-Facing Hospital Transport Solutions
Graham-Field has addressed this increasing need by developing the Everest & Jennings™ Traveler® HTC (Hospital Transport Chair), providing the ideal solution to hospital transport needs. By incorporating special attendant and inventory control features, with a heavy-duty frame designed to support users up to 500 lb (EVENLY DISTRIBUTED), the Traveler HTC is capable of safely transporting your patients.
The Traveler HTC has several facility-friendly features:
A maneuverable push handle (which also functions as an anti-fold bar) in place of the typical handgrips, enabling the caregiver to push from different angles and relax the pressure that handgrips require
Attendant wheel locks, placed behind the rear wheel, provide attendants a locking mechanism right at their fingertips, eliminating the need to bend down or move to the side of the wheelchair
- Chart pocket on back to easily transport patient records
- Fixed anti-theft post, ideal in hospital / clinical settings
- Fixed desk arms and front rigging locknuts ensure inventory control
- Seat height adjustment, provided by the dual axle, allows two inches of adjustment for patients of different heights
Tool-free, locking, push-button, length-adjustable front rigging — no screwdriver nor technical team required
Our increasing numbers of aging seniors, now exposed to more information than any past generation, will demand better services and individualized care. Hospitals must be in a position to keep up.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO)
Maria Garcia Silva is a Product Manager/ International Marketing Manager at Graham-Field.
About GF Health Products, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with more than 300 US-based employees, GF Health Products, Inc. is a major manufacturer of healthcare products for the acute care, extended care, homecare and primary care markets. The Graham-Field family of brands includes Basic American Medical Products, Everest & Jennings, Grafco, Hausted, John Bunn, Labtron, Lumex and Lumiscope. Visit www.grahamfield.com or call 770-368-4700. Everest & Jennings, Graham-Field, and Traveler are trademarks of GF Health Products, Inc. © 2016, GF Health Products, Inc., all rights reserved.