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 soft 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.

Alarming Statistics

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

42.2%

Obesity Rate

% of American adults who are obese

1.6x

More Likely

Work injuries among nurses2

$250k+

per settlement

Average cost per HAPI settlement3

Hercules:
Reporting for Duty

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.

As Easy as One, Two, Three

We know nurses are busy, that is why we made Hercules easy to use with three simple steps.


Hold down two buttons on drive unit


Sheet boosts patient in 10 seconds or less


Release buttons; sheet adjusts to eliminate tension

The Sheet

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.

Infection Control and Prevention

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

Evidence-Based Outcomes

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

Evidence-Based Outcomes

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

Down Arrow 67%
Caregiver Injuries

Down Arrow 75%
Lost Work Days

Down Arrow 75%
Light Duty Assignments

Down Arrow 86%
HAPIs

Up Arrow 21%
Employee Satisfaction
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

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 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.

Patient Dignity

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.

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 lbs.

Clinical Use

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

Availability

Capital
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.
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