Smart Lift - EMS - First Responders
Improper lifting can also hurt the person performing the lift.
Sometimes, these back strains and injuries are career-ending, and cause life-long pain to an individual. A back injury is the primary reason people leave their job as an emergency responder. Within the first four years of service, one out of four EMS workers will have to leave their job due to a back injury.
EMS and first responders encounter a variety of scenarios on the job. Sometimes an elderly man or woman falls and can’t get up. A bariatric, or large patient, or a paraplegic may also fall and struggle to sit or stand up on their own. Accidents and falls can easily happen. This is especially true for older adults.
As people age, they become more susceptible to falling, due to loss of balance, mobility issues, weak vision and arthritis. Lift assists and fall recoveries are one of the most common calls first responders and EMS workers receive.
How Can Back Injuries in First Responders and EMS Be Reduced or Prevented?
Many first responders use what is called a vertical lift technique, using a Hoyer Lift or a gait belt. For some time, this was the only lifting technique used and thought to be the safest. While it has proven successful when lifting and transferring someone who has suffered a non-traumatic fall or injury, it is not necessarily the best method. Sometimes if a lift and transfer device is unavailable, EMS and first responders have to resort to other methods, such as using a bed sheet to lift the fall victim. This also is not safe for either party.
A horizontal pulling technique is not only safer for the fallen person, but is also much safer for the first responder. The reason is because a horizontal pulling technique gives the lifter the ability to use proper body mechanics. By providing the best leverage for the lifter, there is less chance of back strain and other injuries. In turn, the person being lifted is safer. With better balance and proper weight distribution, the lifter is far less likely to drop the patient, cause bruising, skin tears or dislocations.
All in all, a horizontal pulling technique makes for an easier, safer lift assist or fall recovery by protecting both the patient and first responder.
What Can I Use to Protect My Back While Responding to an Emergency Call?
The Smart Lift Vest, which employs a horizontal pulling technique, is a safe portable lift and transfer device that can be used by EMS and first responders. It can be utilized in a variety of emergency situations for non-traumatic fall recoveries and injuries. The Smart Lift Vest has been proven to help prevent back injuries in first responders and EMS and help reduce further injury in the person who has fallen. It can hold up to 750 pounds of weight, which is extremely useful when lifting a bariatric patient or someone who is 6’ and taller.
The Smart Lift Vest also comes with accessories and features that make lifting even easier: front vest handles, waist belt, fulcrum/knee belt and floor leads. These accessories can be adapted for a variety of scenarios.
In an emergency situation, you must act fast. However, when people rush, accidents happen. The Smart Lift Vest is easy to use. Putting it on and taking it off the patient is simple and can be done in mere seconds, depending on the patient and situation. The Smart Lift Vest is made of tarpaulin, making it easy to transport, store and clean. It can be used again and again without spreading germs and bacteria from one patient to the next. Just simply wipe it down with an antibacterial wipe. When responding to multiple emergency calls, this is very important.
If you would like to demo the Smart Lift Vest, please fill out the contact form on the right or give us a call at (800) 528-5201.
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