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Work Right

To lift heavy loads or work in incorrect postures can cause serious and costly health problems. Technological aids which are designed with ergonomics in mind, relieve heavy handling and make it easy to avoid incorrect working postures, are therefore a good investment. To solve ergonomic problems is profitable.

People are built for flexible, varied work. The workplace, mechanical aids and job content must therefore be adapted to suit people's basic strengths.

ArjoHuntleigh sees a direct connection between functional mechanical aids and increased quality within the care sector.

Work right

  • Avoid manual lifting, use mechanical aids
  • Always tell the patient what is about to happen so that the patient can co-operate as much as possible
  • Work at a comfortable height; heavy work should be done at a lightly level lower than precision work
  • A ground rule for standing work is to work with lowered shoulders and with elbows at a 90° angle
  • Maintain the back’s natural S-shape, avoid turning and bending at the same time
  • Work close to the patient to reduce the lever of the arm
  • Minimize static strain, take breaks and vary working routines often
  • Avoid working with arms above shoulder height or below knee-height
  • Use the body’s own weight and leg muscles as much as possible
  • Adapt the work to the person who is to carry it out and to the type of work that is to be carried out.
  • Train intensively and regularly to find the right working technique, so that it becomes a natural sequence of movements

An Immobile Patient

A patient who is unable to move is to be transferred from bed to a wheelchair or chair. Without a mechanical aid, four people are needed to manage the procedure, but in practice only two carers are usually available to move the patient. They work with bent backs and carry out a lifting action that is actually too heavy for two people. The lift requires perfect co-ordination, but it doesn’t work like that in reality. Those lifting are rarely in unison, they pull in slightly different directions – a situation that can easily cause injuries.

ArjoHuntleigh has solved this problem with a range of different mechanical aids, including mobile sling lifts and ceiling lifts, which makes it possible to work physically close to the patient. Using one of these, one person can transfer an immobile dependent patient.

From Chair to Toilet

A patient requires help to go to, and get up from, the toilet. As a rule, two people provide assistance. In fact, several others should assist, but this is impossible in practice because of the restricted space. The confined area does not allow a good working posture, either. The result is a simultaneous lift and turn.

ArjoHuntleigh uses a standing and raising aid in this situation, too. It takes the whole weight, is simple to manoeuvre into the toilet, and allows good access to remove the patient’s clothing.

Horizontal Transfer

A patient is to be moved from bed to a shower trolley or similar. To accomplish this, several people must together carry out a strenuous lift with very bent backs. They need to coordinate their movements, but this is difficult as they are working at long distances from the patient, lifting with outstretched arms and turning at the same time.

ArjoHuntleigh solves this with a sliding sheet, a smooth sheet made from the same material as hot air balloons. This solution differs from the others in that it is manual, and should preferably be carried out by two or three people. If another member of staff is unavailable, a lift should be used.

Raising a Patient from the Floor

A patient falls on the floor. Two or three carers are required to lift her. They work leaning forward with very bent backs and lift manually. This means a big strain on vertebrae and discs.

ArjoHuntleigh solves this with a sling lift. The lift can be lowered right to the floor. Only one carer is needed to unhook the sling, spread it on the floor and lift up the patient.


Safe Patient Bathing

A patient is going to have a bath. As well as the heavy lifting in and out of the tub, the washing procedure also involves static strain. In addition, nursing staff must also work in a twisted and forward-bending posture.

ArjoHuntleigh solves the problem with a special lift bath trolley. This is positioned over the bed, enabling the carer to roll the patient over from the bed to the lift bath trolley. A single carer can manage the procedure alone, and then drive the sitting or lying patient to the bath. The lift bath trolley stretcher can be lowered into the tub. Both lift and bath can be raised or lowered during washing according to requirements. It is easy and comfortable to get in the right position for washing.

Showering

Showering is usually carried out with the patient sitting on a chair. The carer has to bend over to wash. There are often hard-to-reach places as the patient is sitting down. Washing is heavy work and imposes static strain on staff.

ArjoHuntleigh has developed a shower and toilet chair, with reclained back. The patient sits comfortably. The seat, and other parts of the equipment, can be raised or lowered according to requirements, which means the carer can always work in a comfortable posture. Access is easy for washing, and the procedure feels comfortable for both the carer and patient.

A Patient With Some Degree of Mobility

A patient who has some supporting strength in his legs is to be transferred from bed to a wheelchair or chair. It is usual for one person to carry out the transfer, but this depends on the patient’s weight and condition.

The patient is helped to sit up on the side of the bed, his legs hanging down towards the floor. The carer then stands in front of the patient and puts both arms round him. To transfer the patient from bed to chair, the carer must lift a heavy load while twisting and bending. As the patient is weak, it is not unusual for his legs to give way creating a large risk of injury to both patient and carer.

ArjoHuntleigh has solved this widespread problem with a standing and raising aid. The patient stands in the lift  and gets back support from a harness.

Weighing

It is important to check patients’ weight regularly. Weight control is an essential part of health checks. It is often a complex procedure.

ArjoHuntleigh has therefore developed scales that can be fitted to lifts as accessories. The scale is built into the lift and can be used in connection with bathing or transfers. Nursing staff save time and don’t need to transfer the patient to fixed scales.

 
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