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South Georgia hospital honored for bed safety

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

LAKELAND, GA (WALB) -  A south Georgia hospital is honored for a money-saving safety initiative.

Engineers are modifying hospital beds at Louis Smith Memorial Hospital and nursing home in Lakeland.

A health facility donated used beds to the small hospital, but they don't meet current safety standards. The hospital ordered a kit that has tools that emulate a person's head, neck, and limbs to test the entrapment risks on the rails of the bed.

"We spent a little over $4,000  to do these modifications and if we had to replace those beds it would have been $400,000 to $800,000, so a significant savings as well," said Bill Wilson, the Louis Smith Memorial quality/risk manager.

The Louis Smith Memorial hospital received the Quality and Patient Safety Award from the Partnership for Health and Accountability.

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