Reduced Manual Handling Injury
Each year in the UK alone, over 80,000 nurses injure their backs at work and 3,600 healthcare workers are forced to retire early. Across the healthcare sector, handling injuries account for over a quarter of all reported injuries to employees and the annual cost to the UK’s NHS of staff sickness, absence, and wasted training is around £400 million.
Porters move hundreds of beds, stretchers and other pieces of equipment every day. A single porter can travel 10 -15 miles a day, bending and flexing as they push and pull things along, around and into challenging spaces. The force needed to move a load can increase to over 10% of its total weight when taking into account uneven surfaces and slopes and of course there is an increasing population of obese patients in hospitals, with very high forces required to move them. Many other items require handling and pushing e.g. linen carts, catering trolleys, stretchers. All of this can put tremendous strain on a porter’s back for prolonged periods, making the risk of back injury a constant threat.
Our range of ultra-low, assisted mobilisation and bariatric beds promote patient safety whilst minimising the risks to caregivers and portering staff through a range of intelligent design features.
Specialist surfaces that offer an assisted turn feature promote safer manual handling by caregivers.
The TS 5000 bed mover and transport system is the ideal solution to help minimise manual handling injuries associated with moving beds and equipment.