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New Equipment at Jefferson County

The DRH Health Foundation recently purchased a new piece of equipment for the team at Jefferson County Hospital. The hydraulic ambulance stretcher mechanically lifts and lowers with the push of a button, moving the cot and patient with minimal physical exertion.


"We are so thankful to the Foundation for the new patient transport stretcher. Safety is always a concern when we take patients out to the helipad for a helicopter transfer. Now, with this new stretcher, our patients will remain safe during any transport," shared Rachel Blundell, BSN, RN, CWOCN, and Fernando Pizana, LPN.


The MX Pro stretcher will replace the currently used seasoned ambulance cot, which does not have a hydraulic lifting and dropping feature to adjust the height of the cot. The hydraulic feature is also an essential safety component for the prevention of back sprain/strain injuries.


"I couldn't be more pleased that the Foundation was able to provide this stretcher. It will keep our team members and Waurika Volunteer Firefighters much safer from injury during transfers from and to helicopters and the ER and our patients more comfortable," said Lauren Nitschke, DRH Health Foundation Board member.