From the Modesto Bee, August 7th, 2015
Charlene Solomon’s idea for lifting immobile patients on hospital beds won the first regional round of the Stanislaus Innovation Challenge on Thursday night.
The Oakdale nurse topped the voting by expert judges and the audience and will compete in the finals Dec. 10.
Solomon proposes to help nurses and patients avoid injury with her invention, which uses straps to lift patients while their clothing is being changed.
“Normally, a nurse has to use two hands to hold a patient up,” she said in her initial two-minute pitch. “Now, she can do it with no hands.”
The winner in December will get $3,500 and the runner-up will get $1,500 in the contest, which is in its second year. They also will share about $3,000 in legal, accounting, graphics and marketing services.