How do you convince your department to purchase power gurneys-Stryker to be specific-when they have denied funding thru a local grant/tax.Our service has 11 boxes.7 front line and 4 spares.We were denied funding from our company(we are AZ tribal).Any ideas??? We have had recent back injuries( recent is about 2 years ago) that cost about 10K each to pay out. Hmmm isnt that what a powred Stryker costs?? hmmm

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I am not sure how the workers comp works out there as I am from Ohio. Perhaps you could check with your bureau of workers compensation and see if they offer any grants to cover the cost. Maybe see if Stryker would offer a loaner to let the upper management see the stretcher in action.
My service just bought one of the Stryker Power Pro cots. They are amazing!!! We have had several back injuries in the past and were looking at getting the power cots for quite some time. What we did was have a dealer come to one of our trainning meeting and give us a demo and let us mess around with it in our rigs. The first cot was bugeted from the city but we still need one more for our other rig. We cannot afford to purchase the other cot with our current buget. So we did a little hunting for money. We have recieved several donations from the community as well as from Walmart who gave a decent amount of money.The rest of the money that we need we are getting from some grants. One final note... these cots are so worth the cost, i would never go back to a manual cot ever again.
Thankfully, our upper management work on the trucks on a fairly decent basis, so they recognized the need for the power stryker cots quick. We have 20 trucks (12 front, 8 backup) and they all have the power stryker cots. I have no idea how they paid for all of it, but I am sure glad they did!
Hard numbers are going to be required, especially in this economy. Contact your workmen's comp insurance. See how much information they will provide you. compare the premium costs with and without powered gurneys, and try and find out specific #s on how much the company itself has had to pay out for comp claims. Take into account hiring costs of replacement employees, overtime costs to cover shifts, and long term costs of rehab and possible job retraining. If you can show them a big enough number on paper, they will listen. Just telling management "you could save money on your workmen's comp claims" won't cut it. Good luck.
My question is do you carry people out of their houses a lot? Those stretchers are nice, but they are heavier than the non-lift ones. I have used both and as long as you do not have to carry it out of a house it is not bad. We use stair chairs but thats not always possible depending on the patient As far as convincing you will need solid data as mentioned before. Good luck on your project.
You simply need the cost of 1 wc claim for a back inj. This will be well over the $10,600 the Stryker costs. Both my services have the Stryker, I would not buy any other brand we looked at them all including the air powered one. Yes they are heavyer, but you move the pt to the cot ad keep the steps to 2-3. It allows 2 smaller providers to load and handle most pts.

I would push for 1-2 cots if you have 7 units, ad see how the tide turns after 6-12 months.
There are two good papers out on the value of power stretchers. The first is from Charleston County (SC) EMS, which may be available from Ferno.

The second is an abstract presented at NAEMSP this year, by Jay Studnick, PhD, an EMS researcher in Charlotte, NC (Carolinas Medical Center and MEDIC EMS).
I wrote and received an AFG for 11 powered stretchers. If you have injuries due to stretchers, get your workers comp people to give you medical costs and lost workdays. If you are an EMS ALS/BLS department you still qualify for the AFG. Go to a workshop it is worth it. then goto www.fema.org and search grants
I have, and currently still, work with both traditional strykers and power strykers, as my service has both. I will say the following things...First, they are alot heavier, and a bitch over terrain and steps. They have their perks, but they have their drawbacks in this regard too. Second, if you DON'T get them, focus on the basics, hold an annual class or something on proper lifting techniques, and insure you are in shape. A combination of fitness and proper lifting has done well by me so far. That being said, if you DO get them, see about getting a charger placed in every unit. I don't know what they cost, but if you got 100,000K worth of litter, see about shelling out a little extra for a charger with a spare battery for every unit. Although they do have a manual release, you really don't want to mess with these things when they die before you make it back to the station and get tapped out on another call. Las thing I'm going to say, the Stryker stair chairs with the tank treads are awesome, absolutely great. They too, are heavier than traditional stair chairs, but WELL worth it when you're taking that pt. back down, between the treads, the extension handles both top and bottom, I would consider them the greatest back saver and if I had to either have the litter or stair chair, I'd go with the stair chair.
We've just recently introduced 6 of the Ferno power stretchers into the field. Funding was through a grant that focused on decreasing on the job injuries related to stretcher activities. They are expensive but we followed the line of the stretcher costs versus the total costs of an injury.

In the past year we have replaced a total of 20 stretchers to new models that will accomodate the ever increasing weight of our patients. The 6 power assist stretchers are part of that group. We will be tracking stretcher related injuries to see if in our agency there is an actual ROI (return on investment). But a single career ending back injury prevented is the biggest ROI.
Blair raises a good point.

From what I've been able to deduce, to gain the maximum benefit from power stretchers, you've got to change the way you do business. No longer do you take the stretcher in the house, in the bedroom, etc. You use the new, tread-style stair chairs for that, and you bring the patient to the stretcher, which moves from the vehicle to the front door (maybe). The stair chair for horizontal movement (and elevators), and the stretcher for the lift and for loading the vehicle. This is fairly typical of high-rise building operations, where stretchers often don't fit the elevators.

This is easier said than done - it involves a major workflow and cultural change (particularly in agencies that have never had good stair chairs, therefore never used stairchairs very much). If you try to use the new stretchers in the old way, your agency and your people will not get the benefit.

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Stryker has a program, where they cover the cost of any back injuries sustained if you replace all of your current cots with stryker power cots, they also have a presentation to assist convincing administration, about the savings with Stryker power cots, I would advise you to contact your Stryker Rep!

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