If you work in any area of medical care, you will come into contact with older patients. Elderly patients often have mobility issues for various reasons and have a hard time getting around. Seniors often fall, and the statistics are scary. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- One in four seniors age 65 and over falls each year
- Every 11 seconds, a senior is treated in the emergency room for a fall
- Every 19 minutes, a senior dies from a fall
- Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and are the most common cause of hospital admissions among seniors
When a patient falls, they often cannot get up without assistance, a duty that often falls on the shoulders of healthcare workers.
What is Safe Patient Handling?
Over the years, many healthcare facilities found that their healthcare workers were getting injured moving and picking up patients, the primary injury being musculoskeletal disorders and pain. This was very costly to the healthcare facility and very concerning to the staff. Hence, Safe Patient Handling are procedures put in place to safely handle patients who have fallen. These vary from institution to institution, depending on their needs. Suffice it to say that safe patient handling procedures have reduced dramatically the number of injuries caused by moving patients.
What is Safe Patient Handling Equipment?
As more and more healthcare facilities began realizing safe patient handling procedures were needed, more and more products were being invented to help healthcare workers do their jobs safer and more efficiently.
Client Care Equipment located in beautiful Boise, Idaho, believes firmly in supporting healthcare practitioners by providing safe patient handling equipment. Now available, our Raizer Lifting Chair is a sleek, innovative, battery-operated chair that enables one assistant to safely raise a large adult to a sitting or standing position in just a few minutes. The Raizer Lifting Chair not only aids healthcare workers in lifting patients safely from the floor, but it also provides dignity to the patients who are most likely embarrassed that they fell and need assistance to rise.
The Raizer Lifting Chair is easy to use and actually assembles around the fallen patient and lifts them safely and effectively. The Raizer Lifting Chair is easily transportable and is perfect for at-home caretakers, EMTs, and ambulance service men and women as well as the traditional healthcare facility. It’s quick and minimizes the time the patient is on the floor.
Every purchase of the Raizer Lifting Chair comes with an extensive user manual that boasts full-color photos and detailed instructions of assembly, use, and care of the Raizer Lifting Chair. Client Care Equipment offers free demos of the product to facilities interested where we’ll come out and demonstrate all the ins-and-outs of the product and answer any questions you may have. We also offer a Hygiene Cover for the Raizer Lifting Chair, making cleaning much more efficient.
Safe Patient Lifting Techniques ARE Necessary
Safe patient handling equipment is essential in all healthcare facilities and for all those who handle senior patients on a regular basis. Falls are an inevitable part of aging. We cannot change that. What we can change is how we address the falls when they occur. Client Care Equipment is in the final stages of offering other safe patient handling equipment as well, including the Stairtrainer and Flexstep, both by Liftup.
Let’s face it: if the caretaker is injured, who’s going to care for the patient? Client Care Equipment is passionate about offering the best safe patient handling solutions for your healthcare facility and for the at-home care provider. We want to ensure both the caretaker’s safety and the patient’s safety through our product offerings, which include the Raizer Lifting Chair. Contact us today to schedule a demo!