In creating user-centric patient seating, the “users” go far beyond the patient alone. Constant interaction with healthcare providers, facilities workers and family members round out the definition of true user-centric medical seating. The Nourish line of patient seating addresses the needs of all users in the healthcare environment at an accessible price point making it an unique and compelling industrial design solution.
The Nourish chair has a simple to use transfer arm addressing the needs of both patients and healthcare providers. A normal scenario involving patient seating is transferring the patient from the chair to a bed, wheelchair or differently purposed chair. To achieve this, medical seating typically either does not have armrests (inhibiting comfort) or the caregiver must lift the patient up and over the armrest, a difficult process endangering both the patient and the caregiver. The specially designed transfer arm on the Nourish chair allows the caregiver to easily, with one button, swing the armrests back and out of the way while still providing the patient with the comfort of an armrest.
The healthcare environment is fast paced and furniture within it is constantly moved to make space and avoid safety issues. A rear mounted handle and tucked away wheels allow caregivers and facilities staff to easily maneuver the Nourish chair (with or without a patient) within the environment. In addition, much of the material commonly used in seating has been stripped away, lowering the Nourish chair’s weight relative to other seating options. This deconstructed approach also makes it easy for facilities staff to clean under the chair, helping to maintain cleanliness and minimizing hazardous scenarios.
The Nourish chair has an active and motivating aesthetic. Light in visual weight and forward in movement, the Nourish chair suggests springing the patient up towards health. The contoured back of the Nourish chair immediately communicates its refined comfort while the large diameter tubular legs suggest stability and safety, important traits to the patient.