Why Are Healthcare Workers and Nurses at Risk for Back Injury?
One of the main reasons for this high rate of musculoskeletal problems is repeated manual patient handling activities. Sprains and strains in the shoulders and lower back are the most common injuries reported. Lifting and transferring patients is the most often cited reasons for these injuries.
The rapidly aging population in the United States is one reason this is happening. There are simply more people in need of help. That means healthcare workers are doing more lifting and transferring every day to keep up with the demand. The obesity epidemic in the U.S. is also a cause. People are getting bigger and staying that way. That means a nurse or an orderly will be moving more weight, on average, with each transfer.
Is there a Solution to Help Prevent Back Injuries and Nurses?
Nurses and other healthcare workers need a solution that will keep them safe while allowing them to do their job quickly and efficiently. A personal, portable lift and transfer vest is a great solution. These vests fit comfortably around the person who needs to be lifted and transferred. It keeps them secure and in a specific position that makes the lift and transfer safer for everyone. It is lightweight and easy to take on and off.
This vest is handy in several situations where a nurse needs to lift and transfer a patient:
- Fall recovery from the floor
- Seat to bed transfers
- Bed to seat transfers
- Toilet transfers
The Smart Lift Vest offers everything you need in a personal, portable lift and transfer vest. It was among the top 25 products recently presented at the 2013 EMS Today Conference & Exhibition. If you work in the healthcare industry and one of your responsibilities includes lifting, transferring and assisting patients, the Smart Lift Vest is lift device ideal for executing your daily duties safely and easily. Contact the Smart Lift team today for more information.