Nurses, therapists and carers in hospital, community and home care areas are at constant risk of back injuries.
Injuries associated with patient handling have been a problem in health and social care for decades; lifting, supporting, assisting, turning and positioning patients all contribute to increasing postural risks.
Nursing is listed alongside labourers and freight handlers as having the highest number of musculoskeletal disorder cases in 2016
The Health and Safety Executive lists Human Health and Social care workers alongside construction workers and warehouse operatives for the increased musculoskeletal injuries reported in 2016, with patient handling being the main cause of injury.
Over the last 25 years we have had HSE legislation, new techniques and product innovation to reduce the risk associated with back injuries for healthcare staff but Health and Social Care areas are still reporting injuries which indicates there is more to do. With an increasing and ageing population adding more pressure to a service already under pressure; an ageing workforce that will encounter handling challenges as they grow older and their abilities change, we need to ensure that education and correct equipment choice are available as this is the best solution for reducing the risk of back injuries further. By investing in these areas it will save money for the NHS and improve the health of nurses, therapists and care staff.
Handicare know the importance of providing training and education in patient handling and can provide the correct equipment to reduce the risk of injury to nurses, therapists and carers.
Our Ethos education programme is designed to help you develop key knowledge and skills, and enhance quality and safety of care.
Ensuring staff are competent in using equipment correctly and are confident in the skills required for each moving and handling technique will help safeguard them in all manual handling situations.
Back injuries will always be a risk but reducing it to a minimum, with equipment like the Eva Drive motorised hoist, which takes away all the push pull force even when fully loaded, or by using smaller pieces of equipment or by installing ceiling track hoists that make moving and handling patients easier, is a key step in reducing the risk to healthcare staff.