Safe Patient Handling Products & Resources
While performing the daily tasks of caregiving, nurses and healthcare professional fall into a high risk category for the chance of injury. In the United States, initiatives are increasingly encouraging that care facilities adopt a "zero-lift" or "no-lift" program to help prevent the occurrence of orthopedic injuries within healthcare workers.
The adoption of a Safe Patient Handling and Movement (SPH&M) program often requires the use of mechanical lifting aids, which are used along-side of non-mechanical patient handling products. The process of transitioning into a SPH&M program also requires a change of attitude within the care facility, which can be difficult to implement.
The difficultly in implementation stems from a combination of things that range from capital restrictions to “breaking the mold” for how caregivers are accustomed to carrying out their daily activities in regards to patient handling products and practices.
For example, because transferring a patient with a ceiling lift may take a little longer than moving a patient manually; this may cause resistance to the new method. However, these few extra minutes can save the caregiver a lifetime of pain and can lower the possibility for staff outages and worker compensation claims.
Safe patient handling and movement programs have additionally proven to be highly effective for use within the bariatric department. Because bariatric patients are characterized by a weight of 300 pounds or more, these patients often require the support of additional staff members to safely transfer, shower, and care for these patients. With the use of a ceiling lift, the amount of caregivers that are required for the lift or transfer is minimized as the lift absorbs the majority of the work for the caregivers.
To learn more about how safe patient handling products can help your facility, we invite you to contact our experienced staff today!