What are the Statistics for Back Injuries in First Responders and EMS?
Here are some more startling statistics regarding back injuries and strains in first responders and EMS workers.
- One out of every four EMS workers suffers a back injury within the first four years of service that puts them out of work.
- Back injuries are the top reason that people leave the EMS field. Typically these injuries come about from improper lifting techniques. 62 percent of all EMS back injuries result from lifting.
- 78 percent of compensation days for EMS workers are due to low back strain.
- Nearly half of all EMS workers have sustained a back injury while performing routine EMS tasks.
- Back pain is the most frequently occurring, expensive work-related injury. The average cost for a basic lumbar spine strain or sprain is around $18,300.
What are the Advantages of a Lift and Transfer Device?
Smart Lift Vest has a wide range of advantages over other lift systems and medical vests. All of the following factors play a role in helping to lessen the number of injuries that EMS workers and first responders have when transferring people.
- Fast set-up time. EMS and first responders can set the Smart Lift Vest up and take it off quickly to improve productivity. When you are responding to an emergency call or lift assist at someone’s home or place work, efficiency is key.
- Safe system. There is very minimal risk of slipping with the Smart Lift. People get adequate support for their extremities. EMS and first responders lift with their legs instead of their backs when using the Smart Lift Vest.
- Easy to use. It is not hard to learn how to use a Smart Lift Vest. Thanks to the mechanical advantage of the design, the lifting load is significantly less.
- Maximum control. The Smart Lift Vest features front straps, a solid canvas back, and robust handles for optimal control and reduced risk of injury.
- Comfortable with optimal leverage. Patients stay comfortable, thanks to the posterior straps and forearm supports.
If you work in the healthcare industry, are in EMS or are a first responder, back pain and back strain is common, especially when you are trying to lift and transfer a patient quickly. If the patient is immobile or is larger than you, it’s very easy to strain yourself, and the patient, through improper lifting techniques, such as using a bed sheet or lifting with your arms. Even if you have not personally experienced a back injury on the job, you probably know someone who has. The Smart Lift Vest was designed with EMS and first responders’ safety and well-being in mind. If you are interested in learning more about Smart Lift Vest, please feel free to contact us today.