We get it. Patients are getting sicker and more obese. So it’s no surprise that as a result, nurses like yourself will transfer more infection and be injured more frequently and severely. Not to mention, patients have higher acuity and are unable to assist in their movement leaving you to do the heavy lifting.
According to the ANA, back injuries affect up to 38% of all nurses involved in patient transfer and transport. That’s more than any other work-related injury or illness. MSDs cause lost time on the job, the need for protracted medical care, and even permanent disability. It has been proven time and time again employers need to provide their workers with the ergonomic protection you need.
Take the heavy lifting out of your job description.
- 52% of all nurses complain of chronic back pain.- American Nurse Association, 2012
- With a lifetime prevalence up to 80%. – Edlich, Winters, Hudson, Britt, & Long, 2004
- 12% of nurses leave profession due to back injury each year. – American Nurse Association, 2012
- According to NIOSH standards, employees should lift no more than 35 pounds.
- The current transfer process efficiency measured at 12.4% and requires 4-6 people to move a patient. – Nursing Economics; July 2005; Ann Hendrich
BENEFITS WITH THE MEDIGLIDER
- Increase HCAP scores
- No Skin Shearing or Friction
- Improved Patient Survey (Medicare Reimbursement impact)
- No manipulation of body during lateral transfer (NO log rolling)
- Improved Patient Comfort (Air Mattress Ride)
- Reduced risk of patient fall & trauma during moving
- Reduced risk post surgery lateral transfer
- Reduced Infection exposure
- Pressure reducing air support surface that maintains patient comfort during the transfer
- Providing a safer, more comfortable, and dignified transfer and transportation
- Increases patient satisfaction
- A reduction in the risk of falls, skin shearing, twisting and dislodging of medical devices, dressings, casts, etc.
In the past decade, nursing personnel have one of the highest job-related injury rates of any occupation in the United States. The healthcare industry recognizes that patient handling tasks are often performed at high risk to the nurse as well as the patient. One of the high risk patient handling tasks is laterally transferring a patient from one surface to another. Due to the extended reach, the awkward posture that the caregiver has to adopt, the patient’s weight and the friction of the bed sheet, these factors all contribute to making this a high risk and therefore result in posing risk of injury for your most valuable asset: employees.
YOUR COMPETITIVE EDGE
The MediGLIDER will reduce the risk of injury to nurses and related worker compensation claims and your cost of moving patients. It will also eliminate patient pre-positioning required and increase productivity and repurposes the workforce. The MediGLIDER promotes efficiency by eliminating the need for separate pieces of equipment to transfer and transport a patient and satisfies state Safe Patient Handling and Movement legislation. When you meet the NIOSH standards of weight limits for lifting and pulling you provide a competitive edge in recruiting and retention.