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Have you discussed your Safe Patient Handling Program with your long-term care clinical staff and caregivers recently? If not, it could be costly.

Why Safe Patient Handling is Important in Long Term Care:

  • Caregiver back injuries in the healthcare industry cost an estimated $20 billion annually.
  • The average cost for a fall-related injury is over $30,000 per incident.
  • Falls are a leading cause of hospital admissions and readmissions for nursing home patients.

The safety practices and protocols for skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, and hospices are uniquely challenging. Caring for geriatric patients in an environment of inadequate staffing, extended work hours and faulty medical equipment can be a recipe for disaster.

Nurses, therapists, and other clinicians face many safety and health hazards in long-term care. Rates of musculoskeletal injuries from overexertion in healthcare occupations are among the highest of all U.S. industries. Unfortunately too these injuries can be often life-altering and for others career ending.

The single most significant risk factor for overexertion injuries in long-term care is the manual lifting, moving and repositioning of patients, residents or clients, i.e., manual patient handling. This manual patient handling is an essential part of a caregiver’s role in moving a patient between bed, wheelchair, shower chair, commode chair and other seating several times a day.

The risk of caregiver injury from patient handling rises significantly when dealing with bariatric or obese patients. An estimated 37% of adults, age 60 and over are obese, and that number is rising.

The Solution – Proper Use of Durable Medical Equipment

Research shows the use of assistive technology such as mechanical lifts and specialty equipment such as Tilt-in-Space seating systems on chairs or wheelchairs can reduce injuries to workers and lowers costs associated with workers compensation, lost productivity, and turnover. Medical equipment such as a Broda Synthesis Tilt Recliner can aid in decreasing caregiver injuries and improve patient safety during transfer and daily use.

The use of a Tilt-in-Space seating system provides a safe, effective way to position and reposition patients throughout the day. The use of tilt dramatically reduces the lift force required by the caregiver when positioning and repositioning the patient. Also, the Broda Synthesis Tilt Recliner offers a lay flat feature that safely accommodates slide transfers decreasing the need for mechanical lifts and swing away removable arms that provide greater access to the patient during transfer.

Putting it all together for an effective Safe Patient Handling Program

  1. Review Safe Patient Handling Program and identify risks and gaps in training.
  2. Utilize resources from credible agencies like OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control to ensure compliance.
  3. Train, Test and Re-Education all caregivers and clinicians on an ongoing and regular basis!

Broda is Happy to Help! Contact Us for Patient Safety Resources: Webinars, Tools or a live Inservice!

"Prior to using Broda's Elite Tilt Recliner, there were issues with safety for getting the resident out of the chair, safety for staff lifting her in, either manual/mechanical; comfort, keeping her in the chair, inability to get her body over the sides.

The chair sides raise to prevent her from throwing her legs/body over the sides; same with the extra padding along her leg area that is raised. The tilt puts her buttock in a comfortable position, but also makes it extremely difficult to push out. The chair sides also swing out to assist with ease of the mechanical tilt.

Broda's chair has given her a reason to want to get up and she enjoys her chair now. When we are using the mechanical lift she remains calm because she wants to get in it and will stay longer safely and comfortably! Staff can safely lift and position her without worrying about injuring themselves."

J. C., Unit Manager, RN |Campobello Island, NB

"Our gliders [Tranquille Auto-Locking Gliders] are always disappearing out of our common areas and end up in our patients' rooms We don't know how they get there, but they love them and prefer sitting in them more than anything else. One patient with a back injury told us this was the only chair he could sit comfortably in. He wanted to take it home with him after his rehabilitation was complete."

Josiah D., Facility Administrator |Pocatello, ID

We have not had any skin breakdown with our residents in Broda's Elite Tilt Recliners since we started using them four years ago. We attribute this to the design of the straps allowing for moisture wicking as well as the ability to easily position recline position for pressure relief.

Jaclyn A., OTR/L Director of Occupational Therapy |New Hartford, NY

"My mother has osteoporosis and arthritis with muscle weakness and bone and joint discomfort- Since she received this new Latitude Pedal Rocker she has total comfort and less anxiety with increased mobility with the hopes of muscle and bone strengthening as she lost her ability to ambulate more than a few steps on her good days these last few months. She is legally blind seeing only light and dark these last 2 years. She just celebrated her 96th birthday and lived alone until age 93-This chair has met her very important needs of comfort, safety, strengthening, mobility."

Elaine R., Family Member |WI, USA

"We were at a loss with one of our residents who has frontal lobe dementia. He had trunk lean, stopped feeding himself and appeared to be in pain. We attempted to address the pain; however, any medication we used caused him to have increased behaviors. Since using Broda's Synthesis Tilt Recliner, he has been feeding himself, he smiles and laughs like he used to and is showing no signs of pain anymore. Thank you for producing a great product that brings the quality of life back to our residents!"

Kelly J., Director of Nursing |Sister Bay, WI