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