No doubt, if you're a caregiver, healthcare professional or work in a caregiver environment - you would have helped or moved a patient; and will have 'to some effect' an understanding of the difficulties and risks involved. But are you aware of the risk factors and challenges surrounding moving residents on to a non-profiling bed without the support of a hoist?

Moving residents on to a non-profiling bed without the support of a hoist is a high-risk activity for caregivers. In fact, it has been rated as one of the top patient handling tasks that result in complaints of musculoskeletal pain. However, the use of an electric profiling bed can have a positive impact on their work lives.

Why does this cause musculoskeletal pain?

Performing such activity can stress the musculoskeletal system and exceed the body’s aptitudes, frequently appearing in low back pain, spinal problems and shoulder pain - in general, many of the patient handling injuries that are found in healthcare environments.

Bending to lift excessive heavy loads (patient) on a regular basis, is a high-risk task, as with any movement that negatively impacts the musculoskeletal due to extreme stress.

Awkward postures formed by multiple circumstances such as accessible space, equipment handled, equipment performance, and the number of caregivers handling the patient.

How to avoid risk

To lessen the unnecessary and harmful forces when handling patients, modifications have been made to some electronic profiling beds through a height adjustment, function lock hand control, linak actuator system, and electrically adjusted leg lift with fowler position knee break. Battery-powered bed pushing devices have also been designed to assist in bed transport.

Hoist's can also reduce risk-impact factor's, by assisting with lifting, moving and transporting residents to and from beds and other facilities. Equipment such as ceiling track hoists can safely transport patients without the assistance of another carer, wheelchair or transportation bed.

The most effective way to eliminate risk is to remove the hazard, nonetheless, we all know carers and hospital staff must move and handle patients as part of their daily work lives. Fortunately, there are new technologies that can greatly reduce these risks: To read more about the impacting forces on caregivers and how devices have a proven impact on eliminating these forces download the whitepaper.

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