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Proven Injury Reduction

StaminaLift moving a bed in a hospital corridorStaminalift reduces healthcare workplace injuries by targeting the preventable. Direct costs related to healthcare worker injuries are increasing dramatically. Injuries and fatigue related to pushing and moving hospital beds are common and impact staff morale and availability.

Staff are walking, pushing beds and stretchers between 15 – 20 km per day. Beds and patients are getting increasingly heaver. Staff are vulnerable to injury and fatigue. Morale is low and turnover high.

These problems are preventable. By eliminating the practice of manual patient transfers (in bed), hospitals can reduce injury, cost and service disruption while also improving staff morale and the patient experience.

Proven Injury Prevention – eliminate manual bed pushing and eliminate related injuries

Hospitals can be hazardous places to work and staff loss to back injuries and the associated costs are a major concern today. Staff each day walk up to 20 km pushing and transporing beds with patients. In hospitals where beds are moved manually, fatigue is a persistent problem and muscular strain injuries are common. As patients get bigger and beds heavier, the situation is getting worse.

This is all preventable. Staff don’t need to strain to move beds around, battery powered patient transfer systems – or bed movers – like the StaminaLift TS5000 are proven to not just reduce, but to eliminate bed pushing injuries.

Since 2003, we have field tested and perfected our StaminaLift patient transfer systems in major Australian hospitals. The following example from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital demonstrates the benefits achievable when manual bed moving is eliminated.

Injury Elimination – Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Following introduction of StaminaLift patient transfer units at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, bed moving injuries were reduced to zero.

Graph showing reduction in bed moving related injuries following introduction of StaminaLift bedmovers

Study of Muscular Strain in Bed Moving – Flinders University Medical Device Partnering Program

The study evaluated muscle activation required to move hospital beds using a single-drive machine (Electrodrive Gzunda Bed Mover), a dual-drive machine (StaminaLift) and manual pushing.

Operator Strain Study: Project Report – September 2010

The StaminaLift mover was found to require significantly less muscular effort, particularly in muscles of the lumbar spine, compared the single drive machine and manual pushing,

While this study was conducted using the StaminaLift 2100 series, the results are relevant for the newer model TS5000 – both units are dual-drive and use the same hand controls. The key difference between the 2100 and TS500 is the method of attaching to hospital beds.

The paper is currently pending publication in Applied Ergonomics.

Daniell, Nathan, Merrett, Simon, & Paul, Gunther (2011) Effectiveness of powered hospital bed movers for reducing physiological strain and lower back muscle activation. Submitted to Applied Ergonomics for publication. QUT Digital Repository. Accessed 14 June 2012.