Healthcare workers are among the top 10 occupations for work-related musculoskeletal injuries. The most common tasks that lead to injury are:
- Repositioning, planned manual lifting
No health professional should be exposed to these risks of injuries from lifting, moving or positioning patients. Overhead lifts are the best solution for preventing back injuries.
Article: Use of mechanical patient lifts decreased musculoskeletal symptoms and injuries among health care workers
– J Li, L Wolf, B Evanoff
Several recent studies have suggested that mechanical patient lifts can help reduce musculoskeletal injury rates. A study based on a mail survey found that nurses were significantly less likely to have neck or back musculoskeletal disorders when mechanical patient lifts were available in the workplace.
In another study in which a variety of mechanical patient lifts were introduced, significant reductions were seen in the rate of low back injuries in nursing aides and in the average injury associated costs.
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Study: Back Pain A Common Problem For Nurses
– Edgar Vieira, 2006
Most often, nurses hurt their backs while turning bed-ridden patients or transferring them among stretchers, beds and chairs, Vieira said, adding that orthopedic and intensive care unit (ICU) nurses have the highest rates of lower back pain among all nurses.
According to the study, 65 per cent of orthopedic nurses and 58 per cent of ICU nurses develop debilitating lower back pain at some point in their careers.
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Study: Effectiveness and Cost Benefit of Ceiling Lifts to Reduce Musculoskeletal Injury
– Chhokar R Wt.al. (2005), The three-year economic benefits of a ceiling lift intervention aimed to reduce healthcare worker injuries.
Overhead ceiling lifts were trialed in a 75-bed extended care unit of Saanich Peninsula Hospital. A similar 75-bed extended care unit in the same facility did not receive ceiling lifts and served as the control group. There was a 68% decrease in compensation costs when ceiling lifts were used to lift and transfer residents, compared with a 68% increase in the unit without the ceiling lifts.
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Benefits with overhead lifts
The overhead lift is the best possible mobility aid for moving a patient in a nursing environment. Being mounted in the ceiling, the lift allows for the floor space to remain uncluttered. Thus, the caregivers may move around more freely, safely and speedily.
The overhead lift can be installed in any environment and will reach every position in the room – without furniture posing a hindrance. Having all needed prerequisites for heavy lifts at hand saves lots of time, allowing for more – and more cost-efficient – caregiving.
Your life. Your way.
That is what we have been offering people with reduced mobility for over 25 years. Your Life. Your Way. Our focus is simple. We work for our users. Our products serve to be a natural part of life to anyone who might need them. Meeting that need is what drives and motivates us. Our mission is to improve the quality of care and freedom of movement for people with special needs. Being lifted by someone else – to literally be in someone else’s hands – is a special situation. It demands trust, respect, a fine touch and safety for both user and caregiver.
Our solutions provide reliability, high quality and innovation. With low-maintenance requirements and efficient installation procedures, we provide a state-of-the-art-offering for both users and caregivers.
In every detail, in every aspect, our products deliver what they promise.
Quality and Care
Human Care applies a quality system that fulfils the requirements of ISO 13485:2003 & 2012.
A user of a product from Human Care is a person who feels very confident with the product’s quality and reliability. At all times. The reason behind this is our profound commitment to safety, quality and usability.
Firstly, our products are designed and manufactured to meet the requirements of the relevant ISO, UL, IEC and EN standards. Secondly, every single product specific is given extensive attention at every stage of the design process. Thirdly, in developing our products, our design team collaborates with leading physical therapists, creating global state-of-the-art products which all share the same ultimate goal: The benefit and enjoyment of their users. Allowing them to live life in the best way possible. Their way.
(Svenska) Publikation: Vård- och omsorgssektorn granskas för att minska belastningsskador
– Arbetsmiljöverket, 2013-09-05
Den vanligaste orsaken till arbetsskada för kvinnor sker vid förflyttningar, exempelvis när de ska förflytta patienter och brukare inom vård och omsorg. Den står för nära en tredjedel av orsaker till skador.
Det kan handla om att en undersköterska ensam försöker ta upp en patient som ramlat på golvet, eller när hemtjänstpersonal hjälper en brukare från säng till rullstol. Det är oftast rygg och axlar som tar stryk.
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