Empath
Empath
Empath
Empath

The Empath recliner is designed to reduce stress and the potential for injury for both patients and clinicians while increasing physical and emotional connectedness.

All Patient + Bariatric Chairs

Features

Insight-Driven
Safety, Comfort + Connection
Patient Transfer
Integrated Design + Quality
Versatility

Insight-Driven

Insight-Driven

Designed to Support Patients + Clinicians

The Empath recliner is a crucial step forward in the health process – one developed entirely from real-world insights based on thousands of hours of observation and analysis. It is designed with consideration to the needs of both patients and clinicians as primary users.

Safety, Comfort + Connection

Safety, Comfort + Connection

Patient + Clinician as Primary Users

Our research revealed that clinicians’ top concerns are keeping patients comfortable and safe while promoting overall quality of care. Empath is designed to meet these needs and help empower patients.

In the patient room.

Empath eases patient transfer, giving clinicians more opportunity to focus on quality interactions and human connection.

In an exam room.

Empath brings clinicians eye-to-eye to encourage communication, teaching and learning.

Patient Transfer

Patient Transfer

Minimize Strain + Stress

The move from bed to chair is a key moment in a patient’s healthcare journey. For clinicians, it’s an inherently difficult process due to patient limitations and the number of times these transfers are performed daily. Empath eases this process.

Empath offers molded, dual flip-down arms:

  • Cushioned to avoid injury, yet supportive enough to steady patients.
  • Contoured for easy grip when getting in and out of the chair.
  • Allow for easy access no matter where the chair is positioned in a space.

Integrated Design + Quality

Integrated Design + Quality

Refined Aesthetics Balance Clinical + Residential

With crisp lines, matching curves and radiuses, thoughtful seam placement and integrated features, Empath has a design that’s visually pleasing – and makes the recliner easier to clean.

Empath is a holistic solution designed for the 24/7 rigors of healthcare. It adheres to stringent Steelcase standards for durability and performance, with a thorough static and dynamic testing process that exceeds industry standards. The result is exceptional ease of movement and a long product lifespan.

Versatility

Versatility

Suited for Many Spaces

The Empath recliner offers the safety, versatility and quality needed to serve a number of healthcare environments and applications.

Available with a robust set of standard features – like the unique central lock and pass-through seat design – and with options including heat and massage, Trendelenburg and more, it adapts to a wide range of uses, including:

  • Patient rooms
  • Treatment areas
  • Exam spaces
  • Emergency departments
  • Consulting spaces
  • Outpatient centers
  • Therapy spaces

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Insights

The Challenge
Observations
Design Insights
State of Clinicians Report

The Challenge

The Challenge

Safety is a Top Concern

Clinicians and patients both face risks to their safety and comfort – and traditional recliners fail to address the problem.

  • Nurses rank second for back injuries on the job. – American Nurses Association
  • One in three nurses and other clinicians said they have experienced an injury related to performing patient transfers. – Steelcase Health survey
  • Eighty percent of patient falls occur in the patient room, the site of most patient movement. – University of Pennsylvania Medicine study

Observations

Observations

The Patient Chair is a Clinician Tool

Our team spent 2,000+ hours observing interactions around patient seating. We saw how conventional recliners caused undue strain and stress for clinicians and patients. And we found opportunities to improve the experience.

We also surveyed 300+ nurses and other clinicians on their needs and concerns in healthcare environments. Their responses echoed our observations: Throughout the healthcare experience, safety is important to all, and having the right tools is critical.

Design Insights

Design Insights

A Better Health Experience

Guided by these discoveries, we developed Empath as an important tool for clinicians and a step toward wellness for patients. Its user-friendly features help create a safer, higher-quality healthcare experience.

State of Clinicians Report

State of Clinicians Report

Reimagining healthcare spaces begins with insights about what people want and need. This study serves as a starting point to understand the needs of clinicians. It also confirms that the environment has a big effect on people’s experiences, emotions and behaviors.

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Sustainability

Overview
Life Cycle
LEED Contribution
Certificates

Overview

Overview

Designing for Sustainability

We believe the only way to provide the best office furniture solutions is to ensure they’re the best products for the environment. That’s why every step of the way – through design, manufacturing, delivery and product lifecycle – we consider the impact of our work on people and on the environment and uncover opportunities to make things better.

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90 %

Up to

recyclable

24 %

Up to

recycled content

Life Cycle

Life Cycle

Materials

Up to 90% recyclable
Made with up to 24% recycled content

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LEED Contribution

LEED Contribution

Steelcase supports the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification system with products that can contribute to these LEED certification criteria:

  • LEED Building Design + Construction (BD&C)
  • LEED Interior Design + Construction (ID&C)
  • LEED Operations + Maintenance (O&M)

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Certificates

Certificates

Certifications can help you choose products that are environmentally sustainable and just right for your project. Empath has achieved the following certifications:

ANSI/BIFMA level Certified

Level 2

SCS Indoor Air Advantage Certified

SCS IAQ Gold

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Specifications

Standard + Optional Features
Dimensions
Global Availability

Standard + Optional Features

Standard + Optional Features

Standard Features

  • Central lock (dual-sided)
  • Back recline paddles (dual-sided)
  • Footrest control lever
  • Molded urethane upper arms
  • Casters
  • Footrest scallop
  • Bumpers

Optional Features

  • Dual flip-down arms
  • Trendelenburg (dual-sided)
  • Adjustable headrest
  • Push bar
  • Pull-out footrest
  • Heat and massage
  • IV pole and holder
  • Drainage bag holder
  • Tablet arm

Made to Last

  • Tested to support 300 pounds dynamic, 750 pounds static
  • Back frame, seat frame and chassis are welded tubular steel
  • Upper arms are strengthened by diecast aluminum inserts
  • Recline mechanism is heavy-duty plate steel

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Dimensions

Dimensions

Empath Dimensions

Dimensions in inches
Overall depth 31 1/4″
Overall width 31 5/8″
Overall height 46 5/16″
Seat depth 21″
Seat width 23″
Seat height 20″
Arm height 26 3/8″
Full recline 73 3/16″

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Global Availability

Global Availability

This product is available in the following regions:

  • Central America
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • South America
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