50-60%

of all care staff globally are affected by muscular skeletal disorders*.

* American Nurses Association. Health and Safety Survey, 2011

Work-related injuries are a major problem in healthcare

Every year, a large number of people working in the healthcare sector are affected by muscular skeletal disorders. In addition to causing pain to healthcare professionals, patients are at risk of being subject to lower quality care.

Statistically speaking, it is nearly predetermined that healthcare professionals will suffer from muscular skeletal disorders. Healthcare has the highest proportion of work–related injuries of all professional groups (of non–fatal accidents). 50-60%* of all global healthcare professionals are affected by muscular skeletal disorders.

Manual transfers pose risks

Manual patient transfers are the cause of most injuries. In many countries, there are no guidelines within this area and safety is often under prioritized, both by staff and management. Many of those affected continue to work in the same manner, despite being in pain, until they might be forced to stop working.

When staff who are in pain continue working, there can be a negative impact on the quality of care. This not only applies to staff health and well-being, but may result in an increased risk of falls and other patient injuries.

Many positive effects

Reducing work-related injuries brings many positive results, beyond the direct results for healthcare professionals. When staff is healthy, the safety and quality of care for patients also improves.

In addition, cost of care can be kept down as the need to employ substitutes, train and recruit new staff is reduced. All this while retaining or improving long-term efficiency.

“My greatest challenges are: Do we have the right equipment? Do we have the right training? Are patients receiving the care they expect?”

Charles Dalton, Head of Health and Safety, Cardiff & Vale Health Board, UK

59%

The proportion of injuries in healthcare professionals related to patient transfers such as repositioning, fall prevention and help during treatment.**

** Totzkay, D.L., 2018

Extensive knowledge of our customers’ growing needs

From our long experience, deep knowledge and holistic view, we help our customers provide effective and safe solutions that can reduce work-related injuries.

In most countries, patient transfers are conducted by two healthcare professionals. While deeply rooted, this is not a sustainable method when, for various reasons, there is a shortage of labor. Arjo has for a long time worked to ensure that safe transfers can be performed by a single caregiver with the right knowledge and equipment.

Our starting point is always in understanding needs of the patient and healthcare professional. We begin with a comprehensive review to understand the bigger picture, based on Positive Eight and the Mobility Gallery.

Knowledge, culture and products crucial

Often, changing work processes that encourage staff to using existing equipment rather than working manually is key. Sometimes the equipment is used, but in the wrong way.

When we have together identified the customer’s needs, we begin considering what equipment can best improve efficiency, safety and clinical outcomes. Here, Arjo offers a broad product portfolio.

Our products are easy to use and allow staff, who may be stressed, to lift and transfer patients without the risk of injury. We also support our customers and their staff through information and training to ensure that the devices are used correctly.

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Studies show that the return on investment in a safe patient handling program can be less than five years*.

* Mary W. Matz, MSPH, CPE, CSPHP, 2019

A unique offering with many benefits

Arjo’s offering is designed to ensure a simple and smooth care setting that is safe, comfortable and dignified for both patients and caregivers.

Standing and raising aids

Arjo offers a comprehensive range of standing and raising aids for all mobility levels, promoting rehabilitation and encouraging patients to retain their mobility level.

Early mobility

Solutions for early mobility enable patients in intensive care to mobilize early and often, and in a safe and optimal manner. This helps improve care outcomes and maximize healthcare flows.

Solutions for bariatric patients

Arjo’s solutions ensure that care facilities are equipped for the increasing challenges of plus size patients, helping deliver safe, cost efficient and dignified care.

“Using the right devices is crucial”

“For years, we have focused on work–related injuries among healthcare professionals. Naturally, this is worthwhile. We now know that the use of aids and devices for lifting and transferring patients not only reduces the risk of staff injuries, but also reduces the risk of injury to patients, while increasing the quality of care. This is a major step forward.

With the growing focus on mobility, it is crucial to use the right devices to transfer and mobilize patients. We know that staff want to focus on the patients and by using the right equipment, they can do just that.

For management, mobilizing patients means that costs are reduced for hospital-acquired conditions and, for example, fall injuries. It also reduces the length of hospital stays and the number of re-admissions. When it becomes clear that the equipment that protects the staff also protects the patients, everyone benefits.”

Mary Matz

Expert and long-time consultant for safe patient transfers, and CEO of Patient Care Ergonomic Solutions LLC, USA