Barriers to the Use of Assistive Devices in Patient Handling
Noble & Sweeney, 2020.
The purpose of this study was to assess barriers to the use of assistive devices in safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) that contribute to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) in health care workers. Interpersonal, situational, organizational, and environmental influences have both direct and indirect effects on workers’ commitment to use, or their actual likelihood of using, assistive devices. This study confirmed that time constraints contribute to fewer instances of assistive device use.
What Does a Workplace Injury Cost?
R.Gagne, EET, CFE, NADEP
In 2005, the U.S. Department of Labor determined that there were 4.6 injuries per 100 fulltime employees in the workplace. Injured employees required an average of 19 therapy visits (Worker’s Compensation Research Institute). A work-related injury resulted in an average loss of approximately $38,000 including wages, productivity loss and medical expenses (National Safety Council, 2005). Furthermore, the National Safety Council documented that the longer you wait to treat worker’s compensation injuries, the greater the cost.
When is it Safe to Manually Lift a Patient?
Thomas R. Waters, PhD
In 1994 the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation – an ergonomics assessment tool that can be used to calculate the recommended weight limit for two-handed manual-lifting tasks. However, NIOSH excluded assessment of patient-handling tasks from the uses of the revised equation, arguing that such tasks involve too many variables. The equation in fact can be used to calculate a recommended weight limit for a limited range of patient-handling tasks in which the patient is cooperative and unlikely to move suddenly during the task. In general, the revised equation yields a recommended 35-lb. maximum weight limit for use in patient-handling tasks. When weight to be lifted exceeds this limit, assistive devices should be used.
Improving the Safety of Patient Turning and Repositioning Tasks for Caregivers
Guy Fragala, PhD, PE, CSP, CSPHP; Maren Fragala, PhD, CSCSD
Current evidence demonstrates why turning and positioning patients in bed presents a serious occupational risk of musculoskeletal disorders for caregivers. Results of the laboratory study investigating a new method of turning and positioning patients in bed are presented. The study was designed to evaluate how this new method reduced the risk of occupational musculoskeletal disorders to caregivers and may improve outcomes for patients. [Workplace Health Saf 2014;62(7):268-273.]
Frequently Asked Questions
One caregiver for most patients. We recommend two caregivers for high acuity patients and patients above 350 lbs.
Bed and Mattress
No, EasyShift is a mattress overlay that works with all 36″ wide hospital mattress surfaces.
500 lbs, including patient devices and accessories on the mattress.
No, EasyShift is installed on the bed before the patient arrives, just like a regular mattress. EasyShift is cleaned between patients just like a regular mattress.
For best results, Seneca recommends making the bed with one regular flat bed sheet and one absorbent pad. For best results, do not use a fitted sheet since it will pop out.
No special sheets or disposables are required.
EasyShift does not perform lateral transfer, but is compatible with standard transfer procedures and air-assisted transfer devices. EasyShift makes it easier to turn the patient to place lift slings and transfer devices.
Only by a very small amount, about 0.25 inches.
Use the same procedures you currently use for your hospital mattress covers.
No, look below for pressure mapping images.
EasyShift has a Control Unit that hangs off the foot of the bed. Inside is a compressor that pumps air into the EasyShift Air Pillows when the caregiver presses the buttons. When the Air Pillows are vented, the air goes back into the accessory unit. The air does not vent inside the mattress or near the patient, only at the foot of the bed.
Weighs 35 lbs, dimensions are 17”(H) x 15.5”(W) x 10”(D).
During inflation, EasyShift is under 70 dB, which is approximately the same as a dishwasher.
Before every new patient, the EasyShift Overlay must be inspected for holes and tears, just like a regular mattress cover. If there are any holes or tears, do not use EasyShift for that patient and call Seneca immediately at 1-844-473-6322.
Seneca recommends an annual Preventative Maintenance visit by a Seneca-certified technician.