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Repositioning patients has long been viewed as a struggle for both caregivers and patients. In 1898, when one of the first nursing textbooks, Nursing, was published it was common to blame the injured caregiver.
From 1999 through 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted a 39% increase in adult obesity rates and a 95% increase in severe obesity. This trend has led to a rise in work injuries among nurses, and has created a a patient population more at risk for hospital-acquired pressure injury.1
% of American adults who are obese
Work injuries among nurses2
Average cost per HAPI settlement3
With the touch of a button, Hercules repositions patients up to 750 lbs., reducing work-related injuries and hospital-acquired pressure injuries. Watch the video to learn more.
Hold down two buttons on drive unit
Sheet boosts patient in 10 seconds or less
Release buttons; sheet adjusts to eliminate tension
A special 16-foot disposable sheet boosts the patient 8-10 times before resetting. The sheet is soft, lint-free, and breathable—a drier alternative to traditional cotton-blend sheets. Clips help the sheet slide along the support surface with the patient, reducing or eliminating friction and shear.
Hercules Patient Repositioner™ helps a single caregiver reposition a patient weighing up to 750 lbs.—reducing patient room traffic and reducing PPE usage.
Eliminate Lift Teams
Decrease Transmission Risk
Reduce PPE Usage
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When a patient migrates
down in bed, their sacrum and heels are exposed to greater pressure interface—causing discomfort and increasing the likelihood of pressure injuries. Frequent boosting helps keep patients in a low-pressure, comfortable position.
To further defend against HAPIs, Sizewise has developed the Air Hercules Patient Repositioner™, featuring low air loss pulsation therapy. Pulsation gently aides in the increase of capillary blood flow to the skin, while continuous static low air loss keeps skin cool and dry.
Being pulled up in bed can be an uncomfortable, unsafe, and embarrassing experience for patients. With Hercules, one caregriver can easily handle repositioning while protecting the patient’s dignity, comfort, and risk of injury.
Hercules Patient Repositioner is available for rental or purchase through Sizewise. Our 65 locations nationwide provide 24/7/365 delivery on demand.
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“At the beginning of your day, if you have a bariatric patient you’re saying to yourself, ‘I hope they’re on a Hercules system, because it’s going to help me all day long.’”
“Our patients love the fact that two or three people don’t have to help move them up in their beds.”
“The Hercules system is convenient because it's always under the patient.”
“The success of Hercules was a significant component in [our hospital’s] Magnet submission and eventual recognition in 2015.”
“I expected the result to be nurses experiencing fewer back injuries, but I didn’t anticipate that they would virtually disappear.”