On October 4, 2012, 27 year old Cody Shmoorkoff was traveling home from work with his boss and a co-worker outside of Kamloops when their truck left the road and they rolled 200 feet down an embankment.
Cody was ejected from the truck and pinned underneath. As the tires lost their pressure and the truck began to sink, the two men with Cody began to dig out the dirt from around him to prevent him from being crushed. Cody’s boss, Anthony—who was also injured in the accident—then climbed up the embankment in order to call 911. Once first responders arrived, they pulled Cody to safety and he was taken by ambulance to Royal Inland Hospital (RIH). Cody was treated by the trauma team in the ER before being transferred to the ICU.
His injuries were serious and included a dislocated hip, fractured pelvis and torn abdominal wall. Luckily, only one surgery was required due to an infection in the wounds on his back. Cody was at RIH for over three months receiving care for his injuries.
With numerous infections, bone fractures, and open wounds on his back, Cody was forced to remain lying on his side at all times and he found it difficult to get comfortable in his hospital bed. He eventually asked staff if they had any other types of beds available for him to use. Coincidentally, newacute care beds were being trialed in the hospital at the time and Cody was able to spend about a week in a CHG Spirit Select bed. “It was a great bed. I was more comfortable than in the previous bed and felt safe and secure.”
Cody’s care team included Jan Beard, the Enterostomal Therapist who specializes in wound care at RIH. Jan confirms that Cody benefited from the bed: “The new bed was great for Cody and the staff who cared for him. He was able to adjust his position, with the accessible control panel to the side of the new bed, to get himself into a more comfortable position, independently.”
Cody is now back at home in Dallas with his fiancée, Susana and their one year old son, Royce. He is still using crutches to get around and comes to RIH at least three times a week for physiotherapy and wound care but, he plans on making a full recovery from his injuries.