Simple UpCL Testimonials
"How do you take a good x-ray of a patient with balance or mobility issues when they need support
standing up, you have to operate the x-ray machine and the step they are standing on is small
and unstable? The League of Friends’ latest purchase is the solution!
Thanks to your donations, the x-ray department now has a “Simple Up” step – a sturdy, adjustable platform with supporting bars and remote control. The Simple Up has a smooth up and down movement and supports patients safely, leaving the radiographer free to take the x-ray without having to worry about the patient falling. It also enables the radiographer to work comfortably and safely, reducing the possibility of back and other problems.
The Simple Up step arrived last week and was immediately put into use by Abbey, a delighted radiographer."
League of Friends of South Petherton Hospital.
"The increasing needs of orthopaedic and rheumatology clinics for weight bearing views was
placing increasing time pressure on staff as conventional equipment was not flexible enough to
provide standing views of feet or knees. This was beginning to lead to potential unsafe working
practices, following risk assessment analysis we decided the situation required some specialised
equipment that would allow safe, flexible and efficient working systems. The Simple Up device
meets this specification perfectly fitting in to the patient flow easily and providing an
extremely secure and easy way to undertake all weight bearing examinations as well as providing
support for patients whilst moving."
Christopher Arnold, Radiology Team Lead, Raigmore Hospital, NHS Highlands.
"The Simple Up has made a difference to our patients and staff. The patients feel secure and have
commented on how such a simple device can make a difference to their visit in our department. We
now routinely x-ray patients who are referred for erect knees using this device.
Recently we have found it is very useful for Orthopaedic referrals for weight bearing feet. The Radiographers have benefited from a Health and Safety aspect and are no longer kneeling on the floor or bending over to lower the tube head."
Ann Tate, Site Lead Radiographer, Southern Health and Social Care Trust.
The Radiology department at Glangwili hospital, West Wales has recently taken delivery of
the Simple Up lift purchased from de Smit Medical Systems, Bristol. It has had an immediate
impact, on both patients and staff, enabling weight bearing x-rays of joints to be undertaken in
a far more efficient and safe manner.
Compared to our previous method of using steps, this new electric lift instills confidence in both patients particularly the elderly and also radiographers. It minimises radiographers having to bend down to place cassettes and center the x-ray beam thus helping to reduce any potential MSK injury to staff. Having the lift has also reduced the time taken for these weight bearing examinations and thus improved efficiency. It is capable of lifting substantially heavy patients and requires minimal annual maintenance.
In conclusion, this simple piece of kit has proven a huge hit with patients and staff and we are amazed how archaic our old method of obtaining weight bearing views actually was!
Leicester’s Hospitals have successfully acquired patient lift systems for each of its three
hospital sites. The systems, purchased using charitable funds, safely lift patients into the
right position for x-rays and treatment, removing the risk of falls and offering greater
flexibility for patient positioning.
Installed at the Royal on 21 August and at the General and Glenfield the following week, theSimple UpCL patient lift is a mobile, height adjustable platform.
Typical x-ray machines do not go right down to the floor, so patients must stand and balance on steps in order to have weight bearing x-rays of their knees, ankles and feet.
People having these sorts of x-rays often have poor mobility and can feel dizzy when standing on steps, but by using a Simple UpCL, patients can be safely raised to the correct height, without any risk of falling over.
As the systems are specifically designed for Radiographers, they provide a safer working environment, reducing the need for staff to bend over or kneel to position x-ray equipment.
Colin Ross, Superintendent Radiographer for Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “We are really pleased to have acquired these valuable pieces of equipment. They have already made a huge difference to patients and staff in our Radiology departments.”
Colin continues: “Another benefit we have found is that since patients are in a steady position using the Simple UpCL, there is less likelihood of movement during the x-ray, resulting in a greater chance of getting the x-rays right first time.”
In acquiring these patient lifts, Leicester’s Hospitals have also been able to reduce maintenance costs by arranging for the original equipment manufacturer to train our Medical Physics staff to service the machines and carry out the legally required Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) checks.
X-ray patients at Arrowe Park Hospital are using new technology as part of their care. A special
and mobile lift within the department means orthopaedic patients with leg joint or feet problems
are now able to be X-rayed much more easily.
Orthopaedic patients ideally need to be X-rayed standing up as it helps specialists assess the effects that body weight has on their limbs. It can also be used to see how successful things like knee replacements have been after surgery.
Before this new piece of equipment, Trust staff would help patients climb up a set of steps on to a raised platform. The climbing of these steps often proved tricky and uncomfortable for patients with orthopaedic problems.
Called the ‘Simple UpCL’ patient lift, the machine elevates the patient to a specified height to X-ray areas such as the patient’s ankle, knee or hip. As the lift is totally mobile, it can be moved into any X-ray room as required.
Patients are safely enclosed within the lift unit – meaning greater comfort and safety for older and less able patients.