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Why Champion Chairs are Important to Infusion Therapy

Have you ever looked around an office and asked why and how they set it up? Hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices have many options available as they create an environment that is welcoming and comfortable for their patients. This article will discuss what some of the concerns are when designing an infusion therapy clinic and how the treatment relates to the need and use of the right furniture. 

First, one must define infusion therapy and how a chair could possibly make a difference. The definition for infusion therapy involves the administration of medication through a needle or catheter. It is prescribed when a patient’s condition is so severe that it cannot be treated effectively by oral medication, typically a serious or chronic infection. Infusion therapy can also refer to situations where the drugs are provided through other non-oral routes, such as intramuscular injections and epidural routes. Diseases commonly treated by infusion therapy include: cancer, or cancer-related pain, dehydration, gastrointestinal diseases, congestive heart failure, Crohn’s Disease, hemophilia, immune deficiencies, arthritis, and more.

As one can see, there is good reason why comfortable and accessible medical seating is important during the treatment process. A recliner can be a relief for people who are tired and stressed, wrapping comfort around them. There is a need to create a whole environment where patients can easily and safely receive treatment, move, eat, meet with people, socialize and relax. The proper seating also enables nurses and doctors the ability to react quickly, reaching the tools and supplies they need without delay or barriers. This could be as simple as the patient needing assistance to the bathroom or the ability for a caregiver to hang a new IV bag. Conclusively, it’s about the whole environment and experience.

However, what has been found in most treatment spaces, is that the recliners being used are not designed for IV-connected patients or those with aches and pains throughout their body. The controls for the recliner tend to only be on one side of the recliner and rely on dexterity and strength. Some chairs also can be hard to get in and out of and patients find them uncomfortable for long periods of time. These same chairs tend to be overstuffed, also making them hard to clean and unhygienic. In some cases, recliners are static and unable to recline to comfortable positions because equipment crowds the treatment area. These sound like simple things in an ordinary environment—but in infusion therapy spaces, these details can have serious safety implications.

Taking into consideration all of these factors, Champion has been in the industry of making medical seating for 27 years and understands the operation of infusion therapy. They manufacture a variety of chairs, which enable clients the option to choose what would best fit in an infusion therapy unit or even in a home medical situation. The key features of Champion’s infusion recliners are Trendelenburg for critical moments, swing-open arms for patient transfer and cleanability, heat to help keep the patient warm and comfortable, “infinite recline” positions for maximum patient comfort, wide arm surface for setting the IV, and a wall-hugger design, saving valuable floor space. Champion chairs also offer the basic options of smooth vinyl surfaces, ease of access, efficiency of replaceable parts, protective guards, and several additional accessories. As you can see, Champion has taken into consideration the most important needs of the patient and caregiver. 

For more information regarding Champion’s various infusion recliners, please visit our website at championchair.com/infusion or give us a call at 1-800-998-5018.

At one point or another, you or a loved one may need some type of IV therapy. To some people, the mere thought of seeing a needle would provoke feelings of nervousness and nausea. Now, think if you were that person and you were about to undergo IV therapy to try and heal your body from an illness or disease. You (a.k.a. “the patient”) sit in the treatment chair. The infusion fluid and equipment are prepared. The nurse places your arm in the correct position and inserts the IV line.

“Ok, that part is over,” you think to yourself, exhaling. “Now what am I going to do for the remainder of my treatment time?” Sigh. The nurse smiles. You look at the clock on the wall once. Well, maybe two or three more times. “Excuse me,” you say. “Is that clock slow?”

For lengthy procedures that treat chronic conditions, the treatment chair is central to both the patient and staff. Patients who are unable to take medication orally need IV therapy, which allows for close monitoring of the medicine being delivered directly into the patient’s bloodstream. These therapies can take anywhere from 30 minutes to eight hours. During IV treatment, the patient’s world is as wide as their fingertips can reach, which places a heavy emphasis on the facility to create opportunities to individualize patient comfort.

It is vital to the success of a facility to have a comfortable place for patients to sit and receive treatments. This special place needs to help calm the nerves of a patient, and to provide options for empowerment.

At Champion, this is why we create products that assist in making the lives of patients a bit more bearable during uncertain times. At our core, this is what drives us to make a difference in the world of healthcare seating.

In an age where patients have a greater variety of choice, they tend to select facilities that have the best amenities available during treatment. Champion’s understanding of fundamental needs for both patients and caregivers allow us to focus on providing solutions that have become the benchmark in acute and clinical environments. Offering options that can help empower the patient during treatment such as a tablet table, heat and massage, and powered recline can help keep patients comfortable – allowing the focus to be more on healing instead of that pesky needle.

At the end of our day, we want the best outcome for a patient. For you. For your family member. Being able to provide a comfortable place for patients to rest, relax, and heal isn’t just our job – it is our mission.

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As one of the leading manufacturers of specialty infusion chairs, Champion provides a differentiated product with value-added features and services tailored to the needs of clinical staff and patients, delivered across all provider types, at a competitive price point.

Selecting an Oncology Recliner

Selecting the right patient recliner for oncology can sometimes be overwhelming.  With an ever-expanding market of recliners available, you may be tempted to make an easy choice by selecting one that looks the best, or perhaps one that is most economical. Those decisions may work for the short-term, but not considering what will give you the most return for your investment is a costly mistake.

The feedback we’ve received from our customers throughout the years still holds true today.  Caregivers look for features and options that help make their jobs easier, patients want to be comfortable, buyers look for economical solutions, and administrators look for answers on what product will entice patients to come to their facility for treatment, as well as what will provide the best ROI.

Whatever your viewpoint is, the patient recliner could very well be one of the most important purchases that could affect how the patient receives (and perceives) their treatment.  Look for products that can meet the following standards:

  • Certified and registered – First and foremost, select a product that is certified and registered to meet the needs of a healthcare facility.
  • Power recline allows the patient to easily adjust the recline position with the push of a button, without staff assistance.
  • Heat (and massage) gently warms the patient during the infusion process. Massage feature can be used independently.
  • TV mount or tablet table for small portable electronics – allows for education and entertainment and provides patients options during their treatment experience.
  • Ease of infection prevention is key to quick, room turn over between patients. Swing away arms and a removable seat help to speed up the process.
  • Central caster locks all you to know at a glance that chairs are secure and patients are safe.
  • Good Customer Service – While the hope is to never have an issue arise with your recliner, chances are an issue or two will come up as the recliner is used. Finding a company that offers quick and friendly customer service is vital in keeping your chairs in good working order and solving any issues that come up. When looking for a recliner check out the company and their customer service policies. Make sure their customer service team is going to be there for you and ask about any warranty or repair services available.

At Champion, we know that selecting the best recliner for your oncology unit can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t need to be. Our recliners offer all of these amenities, and meet FDA standards, while maintaining style and comfort. We hope that you find this guide helpful, and remember Champion for when you begin your search.

If you have any other questions while shopping for recliners that this article doesn’t answer, please feel free to contact us by phone at 800.998.5018 or by sending an email to customerservice@championchair.com.