Nagpur: Initiating further steps to better patient services, Mayo Hospital (Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital) has been equipped with e-stretchers, e-loaders and e-rickshaws under a pilot project funded by the District Planning Committee (DPC). The DPC has given an additional Rs 10 lakh to the IGGMC under the ‘new and innovative’ project head.
If the pilot project is successful, the Mayo Hospital plans to procure more e-stretchers, e-loaders and e-rickshaws in the next few days. The tools will save time and energy of class IV workers who have been pulling stretchers as well as food and luggage trolleys by hand so far.
The company which supplied the equipment has modified it as per the demands and requirements of the hospital. Stretchers are specially covered to protect patients from heat and rain. The e-stretchers cost Rs 1.2 lakh, the e-loaders Rs 1 lakh and e-rickshaws cost Rs 1.1 lakh.
As the IGGMCH faced shortage of trolleys for carrying food, laundry and other hospital items to the wards and the operation theatres, these equipment would to prove very helpful for the employees. The e-stretchers, e-loaders and e-rickshaws are battery operated and can easily transport patients and other items from one building to the other as the college and hospital is spread in a big area. The e-stretcher would only be used for serious and critical patients for shifting them from outpatient department to ICUs or wards. The e-loaders have multiple use. Besides transporting food from kitchen to the wards, they can also be used to do so for biomedical waste and other items from surgical and medical stores.
The employees operating all the three equipment are being provided training to handle the machines appropriately.