In long-term care facilities around the country, moving a patient typically involves using a lift designed to assist patients in moving safely from the bedside to the bathtub. Patient lifts are hailed as an improvement to having caregivers manually lift patients and are widely accepted as the status quo for patient care.
At Apollo Bath, we are not satisfied with the status quo. That is why we use a safer alternative to traditional lifts, the Level-Glide Transfer System, with our bathing systems. Known to reduce liability, increase caregiver satisfaction and improve resident comfort, the Level-Glide Transfer System sets the tone for a luxurious and enjoyable bathing experience.
This article will discuss the many risks to your patients and caregivers associated with many types of lifts. We will also outline how our alternative can address these challenges.
Protecting your caregivers
One of the most prominent injuries to health care workers is musculoskeletal disorders. Your staff knows the risks associated with transferring patients. As many as 20% of nurses who leave direct patient care do so to avoid the risks of injuries involved with performing their roles.
Patient lifts are designed to minimize accidents; however, they do not eliminate the risk. Even the most heavy-duty lift systems have been known to malfunction or fail. Injuries to caregivers have been reported from falling parts, equipment failure, and strain from a caregiver trying to catch a falling resident when there is a failure.
Show your employees the value you place on them and their safety by giving them the equipment they need.
Protecting your facility
Beyond the danger to your caregivers, an injury to staff or residents can have significant financial implications. The expenses involved with a workplace or resident injury can be astronomical. For example, costs related to back injuries alone are estimated to be $20 billion annually.
Of course, even one staff injury has a ripple effect. For example, in 2017, nursing assistants had musculoskeletal disorders at a five times higher rate than the average for all industries. The time spent away from work because of these injuries was correspondingly higher.
What does that mean for your facility?
The absence of one caregiver puts a strain on the other staff members, resulting in a heavier workload. An overworked caregiver may be less attentive and place themselves at a higher risk of injury. So, it continues to cycle.
Stop the cycle before it begins. Providing tools that prevent injuries creates a happier, safer workplace with engaged employees who can see that they are valued.
Protecting your patients
Any time that a patient or resident is moved is fraught with danger. This is especially true in a long-term care setting, where your residents may not have strong autonomy or mobility.
Even with proper training in place, there is a margin of user error, and those accidents can have serious consequences. Your residents are at severe risk of severe injury, trauma, and even death if conventional lifts are improperly used.
Conventional lifts must also be sized correctly. If the sling is too large or too small, the patient may fall out, or it may worsen your residents’ condition. In addition, if the user is in between the lift’s set sizing, it can be hard to gauge how secure they are.
Protecting your patients’ dignity
Beyond the physical risks to the patient, we want to consider the feelings of your patients. Of course, it is uncomfortable to lose the ability to perform basic tasks on your own. However, older adults and other residents deserve to feel pampered and comfortable while their daily care is being provided.
Patient lifts can also be unreliable. For example, what happens if an electric lift is being used and there is a power loss? Then, of course, your generators will begin to operate, but in the meantime, imagine the fear and uncertainty your patient will experience.
A patient lift may be secure, but will not always feel safe or comfortable, which increases the fear and uncertainty surrounding bathing time. Consider how a lift impact’s your residents’ dignity. Even the smoothest of conventional patient lifts involve raising the patient into the air, likely being held with a sling.
Bodily functions do not need to interfere with mobilizing a patient. However, if it does occur, it can be quickly remedied if there is easy accessibility. Unfortunately, that often is not present in a conventional patient lift.
Reputations are built over the years and destroyed in seconds. Families place their relatives into your care because they genuinely want the very best for their loved ones. Your facility cannot afford the damage that its reputation will suffer from placing its caregivers or patients in danger.
Imagine how your patients will feel being firmly seated while gliding into place. We cannot overstate the sense of comfort and security your residents will feel. Bathing will truly feel luxurious when your residents can feel relaxed during each step of the process.
Is there a better way?
With all the dangers outlined above, your facility may be hesitant about using a series of lifts to move your patients from the bedside to the bathtub. However, you may find yourself asking, “Is there a better way?”
Enter the Level-Glide Transfer System.
This wheelchair-like design means that only one transfer is needed – from the bed to the chair. It’s a return to caring for the individual, where bathtime does not have to be a frightening experience. Instead, your patients can enjoy the luxury of our bathing systems, assured that they are safe and secure.
Several safety features ensure that your caregivers can quickly and efficiently use this system. Additionally, it can be easily paired with our mobile digital scale so that patients can be weighed while being transferred to their baths.
At Apollo Bath, we raise the bar and keep your patients firmly, safely, and comfortably seated. Instead of lifting your patients, help them to glide comfortably into the luxurious bathing experience that they deserve. The Level-Glide Transfer System allows your non-ambulatory patients to be placed in the bathtub in a way that aligns with our core values of providing compassionate and dignified care.
Learn more about the features and benefits of the Level-Glide Transfer System here. If you would like to elevate the level of care your facility provides, reach out to one of our representatives to obtain a quote.