Caregiver Injury Prevention

Improve Caregiver Safety and Efficiency

According to the Bureau of Healthcare Statistics, nurses and healthcare workers in private industry have a higher rate of injury and illness than such traditionally dangerous professions as construction and manufacturing.1 It is a terrible reality that those who provide care for the sick and injured regularly suffer injuries themselves as a result of their work. But, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Protecting caregivers must be a priority for facilities. Nursing shortages are on the rise due to an aging and injured workforce.  As valued employees, nurses and other caregivers are deserving of a safe working environment and a culture that supports it.  Such a culture can greatly improve staff satisfaction, and as a result patient satisfaction, which are important metrics in facility evaluations. Furthermore, along with the obligation to protect employees, facilities have an opportunity to reduce the costs associated with employee injuries. Direct costs of nurse injuries related to patient handling are estimated at $14,0002 and indirect costs, such as restricted days, hiring, etc. between 2-4 times that amount.3,4

Safe patient handling equipment that significantly reduces or eliminates the force need to move patients can substantially impact safety – and injury costs – for a healthcare facility. The HoverMatt® Air Transfer System reduces the force needed to move a patient by 80-90%.5 This means that for caregivers moving a 300 lb. patient, it will feel like only moving 30-60 lbs! As a result, fewer caregivers are needed, improving safety and efficiency. The HoverMatt can be used in any hospital department – including the OR, Radiology and ICU – for lateral transfers, turning, boosting and positioning.

Another challenge and cause of injury for caregivers is assisting patients or visitors after a fall.  The HoverJack® Air Patient Lift can be used in the event of a fall to gently lift the individual from the floor to bed or stretcher height in a supine position. When used with the HoverMatt for transfers, the HoverJack eliminates manual handling related to fall recovery. 

Products such as the HoverSling, which combines the air-assisted HoverMatt with a lift sling, can also be incorporated into a safety program to further reduce risk. The dual-chambered Q2Roller can be inflated to eliminate any manual effort associated with patient turning for wound and hygiene care. 

The HoverMatt’s impact is felt not only in direct care, but also in a facility’s budget.  When used as part of a safe patient handling program, the HoverMatt has been shown to reduce injuries 73%.  The direct cost of injuries was reduced on average 98%, with restricted and lost days down 94%.6

HoverTech’s HELP, Healthcare Ergonomic Lifting Program, offers scalable solutions that will help you establish, or work with your existing SPHM program, to reduce the risk of caregiver injury in your facility.

Sources:

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hospital workers: an assessment of occupational injuries and illnesses. June 2017. 
  2. AON. Health Care Workers Compensation Barometer Actuarial Analysis, November 2018.
  3. Hunter, B., M. Branson, D. Davenport. 2010. Saving costs, saving health care providers’ backs, and creating a safe patient environment. Nursing Economic$. 28(2): 130-134.
  4. Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare. 2011.
    Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting.
  5. Meittunen, E., McCormack, H., Sobczak, S.  Evaluation of patient transfer tasks using multiple data sources.  Journal of Healthcare Safety, Compliance and Infection Control.  Vol. 4, Number 1, January 2000.
  6. HoverTech case studies.

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For more information about how HoverTech’s products can assist with caregiver injury prevention, please contact us at info@hovermatt.com.