Ceiling Lift Systems - Institutional Ceiling/Tracking Systems
Residential Ceiling Lift Systems | Institutional Ceiling Lift Systems
Although Ceiling Lift and Transfer Systems have yet to be widely accepted in hospitals, nursing homes, ALFs and similar facility settings in the US, other countries including Canada have found that the amount of money saved on Workman's Comp claims more than offsets the investment made to install these systems. Patient safety is another huge factor when it comes to Ceiling Lift and Transfer Systems. Traditional floor lifts are of little use when trying to pick up a morbidly obese patient off the floor. Fortunately, Florida seems to be somewhat ahead of the curve regarding this equipment.
Tampa General Hospital as well as the Spinal Cord Injury Unit at the Tampa VA hospital both have installed Ceiling Lift and Transfer Systems at their facilities. WrightWay believes that even smaller facilities should check out the cost effectiveness and patient safety aspects of these systems.
What you should know: Musculoskeletal Injuries (MSIs) in Institutional Health Care
According to workers' compensation statistics, nursing staff are in the same category of occupational risk as workers in the construction industry. The most prevalent workers' compensation claims among health care workers are due to musculoskeletal injuries, with the majority of injuries to the lower back, and with the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists and legs also at risk. Naturally, the statistics reflect reported injuries only. Since there has been a tendency among nursing staff to accept MSIs as part of the job and to keep working or use up sick days, we should expect that the real numbers are even higher.
The Cause: Manual Client Handling
Overwhelmingly, caregiver MSIs are strains and sprains caused or precipitated by overexertion in the course of manual client handling lifting, positioning and transferring clients who, unlike loads in other industries, do not come as compact masses with convenient handholds.
The Solution: Mechanical Devices
The evidence indicates that the rate of MSIs experienced by caregivers is inherent in manual client handling to the point of being quantifiable. A given group of health care workers engaged in manual patient handling will suffer a predictable number of time lost injuries of, again, predictable duration. Research has shown that improved manual lifting techniques have limited potential for injury reduction. Rather, the solution lies in the use of mechanical devices.
Ceiling Lifts: The "Zero-Lift" Mechanical Device
"Zero-lifting" means performing client handling tasks within manual weight limits that are safe to the caregiver in either the home or the institutional environment. The large number of client transfer devices currently, or at one time, in use to perform the various handling tasks is indicative of the difficulty of reaching the "zero-lift" goal. These include bed trapezes, rope ladders, inflatable cushions, turn tables, patient rollers, patient handling slings, transfer disks, transfer boards, bathtub lifts, liftsheets, gait belts, walking belts, hydraulic floor lifts and electric floor lifts. All of these devices reduce manual handling, but none achieve "zero-lifting." The one device that does is the ceiling lift.