Empath
Empath
Empath + Verge

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

Features

Insight-Driven
Safety + Connection
Easing Patient Transfer
Suited for Many Spaces

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. Its design considers the needs of both patients and clinicians as primary users.

Across healthcare applications, Empath is designed to reduce stress and the potential for injury for both patients and clinicians while increasing physical and emotional connectedness.

Safety + Connection

Safety + 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 and clinicians alike.

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 with patients to encourage communication, teaching and learning.

Easing Patient Transfer

Easing Patient Transfer

Minimize Strain + Stress

For clinicians, moving patients from bed to chair is inherently difficult due to patient limitations and the number of times these transfers are performed. Empath eases this process.

Easy-Access Arms

Empath dual flip-down arms allow for easy access no matter where the chair is positioned.

Convenient Central Lock

The central locking system has easy-to-activate pedals, located where clinicians need them – tucked in toward the front, on both sides of the chair.

Suited for Many Spaces

Suited for Many Spaces

Versality + Quality

The Empath recliner offers the safety, versatility and quality needed to serve a number of healthcare environments. With both essential and advanced features, it adapts to a wide range of uses in patient rooms, treatment areas, exam spaces, emergency departments and outpatient centers.

Empath adheres to stringent Steelcase standards for durability and performance, with a thorough static and dynamic testing process that exceeds industry standards – for a long product lifespan.

Insights

The Challenge
Observations
Design Insights
Study on Clinician Needs

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.

  • One in three clinicians surveyed has experienced an injury related to performing patient transfers. – Steelcase Health survey
  • Nurses rank second for back injuries suffered on the job, when compared to other professions. – American Nurses Association
  • Eighty percent of patient falls occur in the patient room. – 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. Then, we surveyed 300+ nurses and other clinicians on their needs and concerns at work.

We saw how conventional recliners caused undue strain and stress for clinicians and their patients. And we found opportunities to improve the experience.

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.

Study on Clinician Needs

Study on Clinician Needs

Clinical Worker Wellbeing

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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89 %

Up to

recyclable

25 %

Up to

recycled content

Life Cycle

Life Cycle

Materials

Up to 89% recyclable
Made with up to 25% 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
  • Tablet arm
  • Directional Steering
  • Push bar
  • Pull-out footrest
  • Heat and massage
  • IV pole and holder
  • Drainage bag holder

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Surface Materials

Plastic

  • Midnight
  • Sterling Dark
  • Platinum Solid

Thermoform (Tablet Arm)

  • Sand
  • Seagull

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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Purchase Programs

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    Government Contracts
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