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HUMAN CARE LIFTING UP TO THE CLOUD

 

CONNECTED MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY IMPROVES HEALTHCARE

Article in TECH TRENDS

Digitalization enables development of smart products, even in applications where the technology is relatively simple.In collaboration with Prevas, the Swedish company Human Care is developing cloud-connected lifting solutions that prevent occupational injuries and help healthcare providers plan their work. Human Care is a Swedish company with main offices and product development in Stockholm. The company also has sales offices in the US, Canada, Holland and Australia. The company’s overhead lifts are used at assisted-living facilities, hospitals and in home environments for moving people with disabilities, such as from beds to wheelchairs or from wheelchairs to bathtubs.

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Product Launch: INSIGHTS – New Lift Interface System

Human Care is proud to introduce INSIGHTS – a new Lift Interface System. INSIGHTS provides health professionals with valuable information to improve safe patient handling practices that can result in reduced number of injuries, cost savings and optimal asset management.

INSIGHTS is an easy-to-use web interface that can be connected to Human Care´s overhead lifts Altair, Roomer S and HeliQ.

It facilitates cloud based storage of collected data from the lifting activities, all accessible from a computer, mobile or tablet device.

INSIGHTS supports compliance and encourages consistent utilization of the lifting equipment.

Download PDF to read more about the benefits of INSIGHTS or contact your local Human Care office for more information!

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Interview with Patience Clements, Registred Nurse, Covenant Hospital, Lubbock, TX

Patience Clements works as a Registred Nurse at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. For Patience it´s very important that she gets the patients up and out of bed as fast as possible for example after surgery. Watch the video to find out more how Patience works with the chair in her daily work and what she thinks of it!

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A Practical Approach to Mobility in the Intensive Care Unit

White Paper – May 12, 2017

A Practical Approach to Mobility in the Intensive Care Unit

Exploring Low Tech, Low Cost, High Compliance, High Reliability Opportunities

Today’s critically ill patients are often sicker, heavier, more complex and at risk for the hazards of immobility. Experts explain that the hazards of immobility adversely impact long-term recovery from a critical illness. Acute care facilities across the US and globally are seeking innovative practices to address these hazards in a cost-effective manner that yields high worker compliance, and better short- and long-term patient outcomes. This White Paper highlights relevant research, and features findings from a pilot study conducted by Covenant Medical Center, a Covenant Health facility, in Lubbock Texas.1 Covenant Medical Center, a 551 bed regional medical center serves west Texas and eastern New Mexico, and is associated with Lubbock University and Texas Tech University. The pilot offers an understanding of mobility in the ICU through both quantitative (Surveys) and qualitative (Interviews) methodologies. Data is included in this paper where appropriate. Read more…

 

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Product launch: New sling models

Human Care is pleased to announce the launch of two new sling models.

The new reusable General purpose sling is an multi-purpose sling with an easy fit and built in flexibility to achieve proper leg and body positioning for patients with some upper body control. The sling also has a head support for extra stability.

The new Back Belt Sling (single patient use) is a sling used for gait training and mobilization with a Sit-to-Stand lift. This new sling is a single patient use version of our reusable Back belt Sling.  It is made of a soft yet strong cotton and features a Velcro waist belt for easy application.  The disposable sling should be used only for one patient and cannot be washed.

Contact your local Human Care customer support for any questions or to place an order!

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Product Launch: New accessory kit for the neXus

Express your personality with our new accessory kit. Available in three striking colours of blue, purple or tartan, the kit allows you to customize your neXus to your personal choice. The new soft bag easily fits onto your existing brackets and comes with a zippered cover to protect your belongings as well as allowing easy access. Just place the new, extra comfortable padded back strap over your existing backrest, and close the snaps. The new handle will add the final touch to your rollator and match your new accessories perfectly. Let us help you make your rollator as individual as you are!

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Product launch: New rollator Leia

Human Care is proud to introduce Leia, a completely new series of modern rollators for those who place high demands on both design and function. The rollator has been designed by leading industrial designers and is available in three different colors and three heights to allow you to find something that suits you.

Thanks to the patented cross folding that enables big walking space the new Leia offers the best possible walking pattern which is easy on both back as well as shoulders. Leia has low weight and is very easy to maneuver while also offering maximum stability.

Contact us or your local sales representative for more information or for orders!

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Fall injuries and entrapment – Reducing the risk of injury

On a yearly basis, nearly 40 million cases of fall injuries become serious enough to require medical attention. A surprisingly large number of these injuries afflict patients already in hospital care.

In addition, the vast majority of these falls have been documented to occur around the bed. Fall injuries are amongst the most serious problems in hospital care today. Somewhere between 700,000 to 1,000,000 people suffer from fall injuries each year in the US alone(1), and observational studies show that 60–70% of all falls in hospitals occur from the bed or bedside chair(2). Economically, the direct health costs for falls in Canada are estimated at $2 billion annually(3) and more than $34 billion in the United States(4).

The use of side rails as a means of protection is increasingly being questioned, with many hospitals and governments taking action to legislate against their use. One of the main arguments is the risk of entrapment, although the use of side rails has other long-term consequences. Between 1985 and 2013, the FDA received 901 incidents of patients caught, trapped, entangled, or strangled in hospital beds(5). The psychological impact of side rails is also significant as they contribute to the deprivation of patient dignity, and sometimes even worsen symptoms of anxiety and nervousness in patients suffering from dementia or other mental problems.

Increased patient surveillance is another way of circumventing the problem, but this comes a very high cost, while still not guaranteeing patient well-being. Crash mats offer a different approach by going from prevention to limiting the injuries inflicted by the fall.

However, crash mats also lead to other issues, such as the risk of infection, the inconvenience and time required for removal and maintenance as well as potentially creating a trip hazard for the caregiver. If the bed only descends to a height of 20 cm (8 inches), its use will lessen the risk of injury but will not eliminate the results of the impact.

To reduce the possibility of fall injuries you need to reduce the impact force of the fall. Adding a mere 5cm (2 inches) in floor to bed height, the impact force increases by 50%. From 20cm, the height of most “low” beds, the result is a 100% increase in the impact force when compared to falling from 10cm floor level6. This small difference in height can mean the difference between a bruise and a hip fracture. A true floor level of less than 10cm from the ground lets the patient roll out of bed, if they are determined to do so.

In addition to functioning at a floor level, floor level beds should also raise up to 80cm (31 inches) from the floor, creating an optimal working height that reduces the risk of back injuries for caregivers.

The cost of investing in a floor level bed is many times less than the average cost of treating one single fall injury in a hospital environment. A reduced number of fall injuries translate into significant cost savings, and the use of floor level beds greatly enhances both the dignity and quality of care for patients at risk of being exposed to fall injuries.

1) Source: Learn not to Fall,
2) Source: The Medical Journal of Australia / Oxford journals,
3) Source: Preventing Falls: From Evidence to Improvement in Canadian Health Care, Accreditation Canada,
4) Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine, Article: Falls Costs U.S. Hospitals $34 billion in Direct Medical Costs,
5) Source: FDA, US department of Health and Human Services.
6) Source: Study by Dr. George Zaphir, Australia

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Meet the humans of human care.

I'm no different from you. I might be older, less agile. My legs are slow but my mind is quick. I have a career. Or maybe I've had one. Either way I'm not slowing down. I can keep up. But some things don't come easy anymore. Small things, and some big ones. Appearance matters, I'm still vain. I'm still happy. I know I need some help, even more than just a little. I don't mind as long as it works. But hey, it is what it is.