December 16, 2010
The world's second and longest Secure Track system that allows patients to walk without falling is now operational in the Orthopedic Unit at Deer Valley. Installation was completed on Nov. 18.
The system consists of a 110-foot monorail ceiling track that runs the length of the back hall in the Orthopedic Unit, a trolley and a patient support device that can be adjusted to fit each individual patient's height and size. The patient's arms are supported by cushioned armrests and securely belted into the apparatus to prevent falls.
Deer Valley Orthopedic Unit Charge Nurse Brenda Hollenbeak, RN, demonstrates the Secure Track system with the help of Raeanne Erickson, RN. Center:
The Secure Track system monorail runs the length of the back hallway in the Deer Valley Orthopedic Unit. The safety and support of the patient trolley and support device is visible from the back. Right:
Secure Track comes with a customized wheelchair that has a drop-down back so patients can be gently lowered into the chair and take a break without having to be detached from the therapeutic device.
If patients need a break from therapy, Secure Track's customized wheel chair has a drop down back so patients can sit down temporarily without having to be detached from the support device.
The track is a mechanical device that eliminates the need for complicated electrical wiring or batteries. It is relatively easy for staff to learn how to operate the device and work with patients who are recovering from orthopedic surgery.
Orthopedic Clinical Director Susan Hoffmeister, RN, believes Secure Track is much better than conventional walkers used by recovering orthopedic patients because it allows patients to stand completely upright and safely walk with a natural gait without using their arms to support their weight. Early research indicates Secure Track allows patients to progress more quickly with less pain.
"The results from our first clinical study and the feedback we've received from our beta hospital site have been astounding," said Valley resident Les Dace, who co-invented Secure Track with his wife, Pamela. "The multitude of health and economic benefits reported from hospital administrators, therapists and, not least of all, patients, have confirmed that we are truly offering a product that is revolutionizing gait aides."
See a short video on how the Secure Track system works from secure-track.net. Learn more about John C. Lincoln orthopedics at JCL.com/orthopedics.
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