Transferring and repositioning is one of the crucial aspects of patient handling.However, this is also one of the major causes of musculoskeletal disorders or MSDS.While nursing professionals are definitely at high risk, those offering home care also carry some risk of injuries, which can range from chronic back pain to neck pain as well as career ending disabilities. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines acceptable weight limit for manual patient lifting as 35 lbs, which is the average weight of a 4-year-old kid. Even at this limit, there remains a risk of injury.

As recommended by NIOSH, manual lifting should not be included in patient handling, wherever possible. In order to facilitate safe patient handling while ensuring good health and safety of nursing professionals, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)has also released a list of guidelines. It also emphasizes on using the right medical supplies or assistive equipment to reduce the physical strain on caregivers.

Assistive equipment helps a lot in reducing the risk of MSDS.Nursing professionals as well as other healthcare experts can use these medical devices to help patientstransfer and relocation while ensuring their comfort and own security.

A comprehensive range of transfer and lifting devices are available to help patients, prevent staff injuries, and increase compliance.

Transfer boards and lateral shifters

They can be placed within reach to increase compliance and reduce work related injuries while transferring patients. Available in a variety of lengths, widths, and antimicrobial options, these devices can help reduce pressure on the shoulders while relocating patients.

Slings and electric lifts

The strain of manual lifting can be avoided by using electric lifts, and disposable and/or reusable slings. Equipment is quick and easy to operate.

Gait belts

Gait belts with infection control features not only assist safe patient transfer during ambulation, but also reduce cross contamination.

At Sinai Medical Supply, one can browse through a wide range of medical devices to ensure safe patient transfer. Products from Drive Medical and several big brands assure quality in care while maintaining affordability.

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