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University Hospital Board Approves Equipment Upgrades
AUGUSTA, Ga. – March 27, 2008 – Nearly $2.9 million in patient care equipment upgrades was approved today by the University Health Services Board at its monthly meeting. The upgrades included the following:
- Hill-Rom critical care beds -- $2,564,287
This request replaces 130 patient beds with new, more updated models. These state-of-the-art beds include scales to more accurately weigh patients in bed; they transform into chairs to help patients get in and out more easily; they’re roomier for patient comfort and include a new and improved pressure relief system to help decrease skin ulcers.
- Replacement of laparoscopic equipment for Surgical Services -- $314,401
This equipment upgrades these tools with a high-definition camera and light source for superior visualization. Laparoscopic procedures at University have increased 10 percent from 2006 to 2007. The series of smaller incisions can accommodate an increasing variety of procedures to include hernia repair, appendectomies, kidney removal and colon resection. Patients prefer this course rather than the former large incisions because the recovery time is much faster -- many procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis and the recovery time is days instead of weeks.
“The ability to acquire the latest equipment is one reason why University is a benchmark hospital in many patient care areas,” said Marilyn Bowcutt, vice president of Patient Care Services at University.