Vaughan adds high-tech beds

Published 10:50 pm Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jenafer Wright, patient care technician, and Cynthia Witherspoon, registered nurse, demonstrate functions of the new hospital beds.

Jenafer Wright, patient care technician, and Cynthia Witherspoon, registered nurse, demonstrate functions of the new hospital beds at Vaughan Regional Medical Center.

By Emily Enfinger | The Selma Times-Journal

Vaughan Regional Medical Center has added 15 new high-tech beds that will have benefits for patients and nurses.

The hospital received the 15 Linet beds last week from its corporate company, LifePoint Hospitals, and they have been distributed between the second and third floors.

“These beds are the best,” said Anetrial King, registered nurse and director of Vaughan’s Medical Surgical Unit.

King said the beds were designed with nurse’s input in mind, to make the beds more convenient.

The beds contain many new features including automatic locks on the wheels, the ability to weigh patients in the bed, and convert from bed to chair with the push of a button.

Jenafer Wright, patient care technician, said the bed’s ability to help patients roll over and get up and down will help nurses tremendously.

“That makes a difference,” King said. “That’s why they’re so convenient because nurses used to have a time turning patients, you know, beds weren’t friendly for the nurses.”

King said patients have already noticed a difference.

“I had a visitor. I think she was in with her sister-in-law. She said, ‘I love the new beds,’” King said.

Maegan Austin, director of Physician Relations and Industry, said Vaughan hopes to add more of the beds in the future.

“We are hoping to get more in the future because it will increase patient safety and patient satisfaction,” Austin said.