"The General Management and I will, from now on, always favour the motorised transfer system. From a strictly economic point of view, it is a sound investment and much more efficient".
THINGS ARE HAPPENING WITH CMAX-T!
At the Jan Yperman Ziekenhuis Hospital (JYZ), the 19 Cmax-T tables equipped with a transfer system have won over all their users. Dr Somers, orthopaedic surgeon and head of surgery, explains the reasons for his choice.
"This transfer concept has really revolutionised daily life in surgery", he declared. "We have much more freedom, more options in terms of positioning the patient depending on the operation to be performed and we are ultimately more efficient". The mobility and the versatility of the Cmax-T tables have enabled Dr Somers to create new surgical procedures with the biomedical engineer. For example, the endoscopy and arthroscopy equipment, which is rather sensitive, can stay connected permanently in special theatres: it is now the tables that travel to the equipment and not the reverse! "We save time, it is more reliable and more efficient as we can be sure that the investigation equipment is in the theatre, ready and connected.”
As for the nurses, they wouldn't go back to using fixed tables for anything in the world. The ease in transporting patients has transformed their working day, sparing them a great deal of effort in taking patients along the main corridor in the JYZ: 120 metres long!
But this transfer system has other advantages too. It limits the risks of contamination by taking hospital trolleys and beds out of the surgical wing. It also enables the theatre cleaning time to be greatly reduced as it is left completely empty.
"This system has made our work much easier. It is an advantage both for the staff and the patient". It also enables room occupancy rates to be considerably improved.
"This new system has helped us to optimise time and space" he told us. Lastly, "in terms of hospital management, a fixed system is no good at all. When table technology changes, the new systems are no longer compatible: we are stuck with this fixed column" he said. Mobile and versatile, the Cmax-T tables are, in contrast, a sound investment which can easily accommodate change.
The Jan Yperman CHR, named in honour of the great Belgian surgeon, was created by the merging of three hospitals. It has a 560-bed capacity, 80 of which are for out-patients. The surgical wing has 9 theatres and 2 reserve theatres. An ambitious renovation and development policy which has been followed since 2002 has made it one of the jewels in the crown of the Belgian health system.