Hercules Patient Repositioner™

Hercules Patient Repositioner™ Repositioning Patients with the Touch of a Button

Hercules Patient Repositioner™ is a breakthrough in safe patient handling technology. With Hercules, one caregiver can safely boost a patient in bed within seconds. The patient lies on a sheet pulled by an easy-to-use drive, moving the patient up in bed with the simple push of a button. This process preserves the patient’s dignity—and protects the caregiver’s back.

A Challenge as Old as Nursing

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.

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Alarming Statistics

From 1999 through 2018, the CDC 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 patient population more at risk for hospital-acquired pressure injury.1
Scale Icon with Feet
42.2%
Obesity Rate

% of American adults who are obese

Nurse with Injury
1.6x
More Likely

Work injuries among nurses2

Dollar Bill Outline
$250k+
per settlement

Average cost per HAPI settlement3

Alarming Statistics

From 1999 through 2018, the CDC 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 patient population more at risk for hospital-acquired pressure injury.1

Scale Icon with Feet
42.2%
Obesity Rate

% of American adults who are obese


Nurse with Injury
1.6x
More Likely

Work injuries among nurses2


Dollar Bill Outline
$250k+
per settlement

Average cost per HAPI settlement3

Hercules:
Reporting for Duty

With the touch of a button, Hercules repositions patients up to 750 lb., reducing work-related injuries and hospital-acquired pressure injuries. Watch the video to learn more.

As Easy as One, Two, Three

We know nurses are busy; that's why we made Hercules easy to use with three simple steps.
Two fingers pushing buttons

Hold down two buttons on drive unit

Stopwatch showing 10 seconds

Sheet boosts patient in 10 seconds or less

Illustration showing sheet tension release indicators

Release buttons; sheet adjusts to eliminate tension

As Easy as One, Two, Three

We know nurses are busy; that's why we made Hercules easy to use with three simple steps.

Two fingers pushing buttons

Hold down two buttons on drive unit


Stopwatch showing 10 seconds

Sheet boosts patient in 10 seconds or less


Illustration showing sheet tension release indicators

Release buttons; sheet adjusts to eliminate tension

The Sheet

A special 16-foot disposable sheet boosts the patient 8-10 times before being reset. 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.

Infection Control and Prevention

Hercules Patient Repositioner™ helps a single caregiver reposition a patient weighing up to 750 lb.—reducing patient room traffic and reducing PPE usage.
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Eliminate Lift Teams
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Decrease Transmission Risk
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Reduce PPE Usage

Infection Control and Prevention

Hercules Patient Repositioner™ helps a single caregiver reposition a patient weighing up to 750 lb.—reducing patient room traffic and reducing PPE usage.

Silhouette of team with circle and slash mark
Eliminate
Lift Teams

Bar graph with downward trend line
Decrease Transmission
Risk

Icon of person wearing face mask
Reduce
PPE Usage
Before Hercules silhouette of 4 people
4+
Number of caregivers required to manually boost patient**
10 minutes on a clock
10 min.
Average time to muster a lift team*
After Hercules silhouette of 1 person
1
Number of caregivers required to boost patient with Hercules
10 seconds on a stopwatch
10 sec.
Average time to boost patient with Hercules*

A Value-Based Investment

The average bariatric patient needs boosting 11 times each day. Hercules™ saves your most expensive resource: staff time.
 
*Based on data gathered during customer trials.
**NIOSH recommends a max weight of 35 lbs. per caregiver

Evidence-Based Outcomes

Over a 12-month period, three hospitals used Hercules™ and experienced:4
Down Arrow 67%
Caregiver Injuries
Down Arrow 75%
Lost Work Days
Down Arrow 86%
Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries
Down Arrow 75%
Light Duty Assignments
Up Arrow 21%
Employee Satisfaction

Evidence-Based Outcomes

Over a 12-month period, three hospitals used Hercules™ and experienced:4

Down Arrow 67%
Caregiver Injuries

Down Arrow 75%
Lost Work Days

Down Arrow 86%
HAPI's

Down Arrow 75%
Light Duty Assignments

Up Arrow 21%
Employee Satisfaction

Boosting Helps Prevent Pressure Injuries

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.

Up in Bed Pressure Mapping male, 210 lbs, bed at 30° angle
Up in Bed
6 Inches Down Pressure Mapping male, 210 lbs, bed at 30° angle
6 Inches Down
9 Inches Down Pressure Mapping male, 210 lbs , bed at 30° angle
9 Inches Down
12 Inches Down Pressure Mapping male, 210 lbs , bed at 30° angle
12 Inches Down

Low Air Loss Pulsation Therapy

To further defend against HAPIs, Sizewise offers 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.

Patient Dignity

Being pulled up in bed can be uncomfortable, unsafe, and embarrassing for patients. With Hercules, one caregriver can easily handle repositioning while protecting the patient’s dignity, comfort, and risk of injury.

Rental or Purchase

Hercules Patient Repositioner is available for rental or purchase through Sizewise. Our 65 locations nationwide provide 24/7/365 delivery on demand.

Nurses Say it Best

“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.’”


Chastity
Registered Nurse

“Our patients love the fact that two or three people don’t have to help move them up in their beds.”


LuAnne
Dir. of Quality

“The Hercules system is convenient because it's always under the patient.”


Michael
Registered Nurse

“The success of Hercules was a significant component in [our hospital’s] Magnet submission and eventual recognition in 2015.”


Julie
Chief Nursing Officer

“I expected the result to be nurses experiencing fewer back injuries, but I didn’t anticipate that they would virtually disappear.”


Ann
Dir. of Critical Care

Nurses Say it Best

“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.’”


Chastity
Registered Nurse

“Our patients love the fact that two or three people don’t have to help move them up in their beds.”


LuAnne
Dir. of Quality

“The Hercules system is convenient because it's always under the patient.”


Michael
Registered Nurse

“The success of Hercules was a significant component in [our hospital’s] Magnet submission and eventual recognition in 2015.”


Julie
Chief Nursing Officer

“I expected the result to be nurses experiencing fewer back injuries, but I didn’t anticipate that they would virtually disappear.”


Ann
Dir. of Critical Care

Key Specifications

Surface Length 90"
Surface Width 39" or 48"
Therapy Mode(s) Pulsation
Weight Capacity 750 lb.

Clinical Use

Bariatric
Caregiver Injury Prevention
Geriatrics
ICU
Med-Surg
PI Prevention/Treatment
Rehabilitation
Safe Patient Handling
Wound Care

Availability

Capital Purchase
Rental

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References

  1. 1. CDC NCHS Data Brief No. 360, Feb. 2020
  2. 2. Dressner M and Kissinger S. Occupational injuries and illnesses among registered nurses. Monthly Labor Review. US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nov. 2018.
  3. 3. Padula, Mishra, Makic, Sullivan. (2011) Improving the Quality of Pressure Ulcer Care with Prevention: a cost-effective analysis. Med Care 49(4): 385-392.
  4. 4. Case studies conducted by The Morel Company and used with permission. Outcomes from Reid Health (223-bed regional facility), The Christ Hospital (555-bed urban Magnet facility), and Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center (143-bed acute care facility).

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