Nala patient chairs by Nemschoff dramatically improve a patient's healthcare experience.
Incorporating ergonomic principles and innovative technologies from groundbreaking Herman Miller work chairs, Nala chairs deliver superior comfort and support. Special design features on the Harmonic Tilt model enhance caregiver access to the patient. Nala's function and materials meet the specialized protocols of patient-care environments.
Bronze "Spark 2010" awarded to Herman Miller Healthcare and Design Continuum for Nala Patient Chair.
What's In It For You
Mimics Natural Body Motion
The synchronous back and seat tilt motion of the Nala Harmonic Tilt chair mimics the natural movement of the patient's body. The backrest and seat pan open up as the patient reclines and tilt around the pivot points at the ankle, knee, and hip.
As a result, the patient can move with little effort and can rest at any point through the generous recline range. Correct body support is maintained in all positions, regardless of the weight of the patient.
Patient Comfort and Support
The Nala Harmonic Tilt chair supports patients comfortably, even during longer periods of sitting. The firm, flexible suspension is enclosed in a soft outer foam layer for responsive and even support over the entire chair. A sacral support keeps the patient's lower back area relaxed and prevents slumping.
The durable, fully extended arms and soft front seat edge help patients guide and stabilize themselves when they are moving into or out of the chair. A barrier-free foot area provides enough space for the patient to stabilize him- or herself when getting up.
Safe Patient Handling
Nala Harmonic Tilt was designed to be easy to use and help caregivers minimize the risks to their health and the patient's when transferring patients from bed to chair. Once seated, patients are comfortable and relaxed because their bodies are well supported and movement is easy and natural.
The chair's leaf spring acts as a power source to reduce the physical effort required in moving seated patients forward. It's easier to move even heavier patients up and out of the chair. A pivoting arm design, open area beneath the seat, and flexible front seat edge help caregivers move patients into and out of the chair safely and comfortably. The arms move up and out of the way and lock in an upright position.
Adjustments are simple and intuitive. One button adjusts tilt; another raises and lowers the chair's arms.
The Nala Fixed Back chair is also available. It provides a comfortable 15-degree back angle.
An integral handle in the chair back, as well as rear casters, can be specified to make moving the chair easier. An optional headrest pillow adjusts up to 9 inches; the edges curve outward to hold and support the patient's head.
An ottoman supports up to 350 pounds and is sturdy enough to use as a seat for guests or family.
Nala chairs offer durable, antimicrobial, moisture-repellent, and easily cleaned fabrics that meet the performance and durability standards of healthcare environments. But they don't have an institutional look. Instead, the fabric choices bring a contemporary, residential look and feel to patient rooms. Designers have five choices for combining textiles and colors.
The fabrics are appropriate for medical patient rooms, surgical patient rooms, and in-patient rehabilitation patient rooms.
Seat and back upholstery are designed to be field replaceable.
Nala chairs are the first patient chairs designed and certified according to the McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry Cradle to Cradle protocol, and they are Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Silver.
Nala chairs are made of 37% recycled content and are 93% recyclable at the end of their useful lives.
The development and design criteria for the Nala Harmonic Tilt chair came from the results of a research project between Brandrud and Herman Miller Healthcare. Researchers engaged with more than 200 caregivers in more than 19 hospitals and healthcare systems to learn about patient seating and what worked and didn't work in current patient chair offerings.
They also consulted ergonomists, physical therapists, gerontologists, and more than 70 healthcare designers. A design partnership was also established with Continuum, a Boston-based strategy, product, and brand design firm, to provide industrial design vision and refinement. These professionals participated throughout the development of Nala prototypes.
The design objective was to address both patient and caregiver needs. Continuum put it this way: "We wanted Nala not only to feel comfortable physically for patients, but also to be comfortable in an emotional sense. For caregivers, we felt a patient chair should not add complexity to their work. They are rushed and overworked, so they can't stop to think through the features of a chair."