StaminaLift’s Bed Mover product, for reduction of manual handling injuries in hospitals, was a finalist in the Top 20 SA Innovation Awards that celebrate B2B innovation in South Australia.
Highlighting the way that StaminaLift Bed Movers have transformed hospital bed moving at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in South Australia, orderly Richard Degenhardt says “We wouldn’t move a bed without one now”.
Along with StaminaLift, finalists at the February 5th awards night included; Sydac, SRA Information Technology, Aquatek Irrigation, Avinet and E-channel Search. Finalists were considered to be disruptive innovations that had fundamentally changed the standard approach. The inaugural awards were run by In Business Magazine and sponsored by KPMG, DLS Phillips Fox, The University of Adelaide, Innovate SA and RiAUS.
Since 2005, when the StaminaLift bed mover became the standard way of moving beds at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, no bed moving related injuries have been recorded – a 100% injury reduction, and over five years, a $500,000 potential or estimated saving in staff injury costs.
According to users like Dawn Molineux, Facility Services Manager with ISS Australia, injury reduction is only part of the story. Using StaminaLift bed and trolley movers, Molineux’s workgroup not only eliminated bed moving injuries, but also improved throughput (the speed of bed moving) by 40%.
Peter March from StaminaLift explains, “when savings in nursing time and injury costs as well as purchase and maintenance costs are considered, a single StaminaLift bed mover provides return on investment in well under one year. And for healthcare services with medium to high nursing costs, the return is likely closer to six months.”