Lenore was a nurse who was passionate about patient safety. She had a nurse mentor named Beata St. Claire who was a role model for her and had instilled in her the importance of caring for patients with compassion and dedication.
Over 20 years ago, the Joint Commission had stated that beds with only two long rails on the sides of the bed were too restrictive. To be in compliance and not have patients restrained by their bedrails, the hospital bed with four bedrails was invented and put into hospitals. However, this new bed design presented a new challenge for nurses and patients. When the head of the bed was raised for the patient to sit up in bed, all the tubing, lines, drains, and cords draped over the bedrail would go with gravity down to be impinged, difficult to find, or on the ground. Lenore knew that there had to be a solution better than a medicine cup taped to the bedrail to fight this challenge.
Lenore persevered and invented the product that is now commonly used on the bedrail to organize lines and keep them in place. Once she invented the device, she named the bedside line organizer product The Beata Clasp, after her wonderful nurse mentor Beata St. Claire. Although the Bedside Buddy was a close second when it came to getting its name. The name of the product was a tribute to Beata Sinclair and her influence on Lenore's career.
The Beata Clasp became a widely popular product in hospitals as it helped prevent falls and injuries caused by tripping on cords or lines. Lenore's invention helped nurses keep the patient's lines organized and within reach, improving patient care and safety. The slogan "Bringing Safety Back to the Bedside" was the easy part. Today, Beata stands for Bedside Entanglement Avoidance Tubing Apparatus.
Lenore's heartfelt story of how The Beata Clasp got its name reflects her passion for nursing and patient safety. Her tribute to her mentor Beata St. Claire is a testament to the impact that mentors can have on our lives and careers. The Beata Clasp product continues to improve patient safety and reflects Lenore's dedication to making a difference in the lives of patients and nurses.