Many healthcare injury studies from NIOSH and OSHA mainly focus on workers in a controlled hospital setting. These studies are still very applicable however they are under- representative of injury risks EMS and healthcare providers face everyday. – Source: Hogya PT, Ellis L. Evaluation of the injury profile of personnel in a busy urban EMS system. Am J Emerg Med.1990;8(4):308-311
- The average workers compensation back injury claim costs between $40,000- $100,000 per occurrence.
- Healthcare only back injuries direct and indirect costs are estimated @ $20 Billion /year per OSHA.
- Priced at one third to one tenth the cost of nearest comparable competitor.
- The cost of a People Mover system is recoverable with a single injury prevention.
- Reusable- not disposable to save operating and recovery costs.
- Using purpose designed and tested equipment instead of makeshift equipment (gurney sheets, hose straps, blankets, etc.). “Making do” with modified equipment is responsible for driving the injury rates so high. A.B.C. (Ambulate Before Carry)- The safest way to move a bariatric patient is to assist them walking under their own power. Otherwise you bear 100% of the patient’s weight and the liability.
- Lawsuit mitigation- The high frequency of accusations of sexual assault on both caregivers and patients are well documented in NIOSH reports.
Reduction of Time Expenses
- Of all patient handling injury reports, 62% included data on the use of lifting equipment. Of those, a stunning 82% occurred when patient lifting and handling equipment was not used.
The CDC found these and other patient-handling injuries accounted for 44% of OSHA- reportable injuries at 112 hospitals in 19 states from January 1, 2012, to September 30, 2014.
Injury rate for Hospital caregivers is 6.8 per 100 FTE, almost twice the rate of all private industry as a whole, including construction.
- Among career EMS workers, the injury rate was 8.6 per 100 full-time equivalent EMS workers (95% CI 5.3-11.8). (That is over 26% higher than hospital staff and 226% more than private industry as a whole.)
- Patient lifting injuries are the #1 injury in EMS
- Back injuries are the #1 career ending injury in EMS.
- 50% of EMS caregivers will have a back injury during their career.
- I.A.F.F.- 50 percent of early retirements are due to back injuries.
- Handles on the outside of the People Mover aid in cross contamination by providing a physical barrier between patient and caregiver.
- Can be applied with minimal direct patient physical contact, maintaining patient modesty and reducing liability.
- Made in the USA to exacting standards with tested and certified components.
- Imported knock off devices are often made with inferior components- components can look identical and have only a small fraction of the strength rating. Failure is not an option!!
Designed by a person in the industry
- Field tested in actual service for over three years for versatility, functionality, and usability.
- Thousands of actual patient lifts in the field without a single recorded injury to caregiver or patient.
- Purpose designed based on the physics of lifting and patient management /movement with a PERFECT safety record.
- 9 separate handles promote optimal lifting form and convenience.
- People Mover is applicable and convenient for use in most (90%) lifting/ambulating situations- frequent use means it won’t be forgotten by staff personnel.
- Four basic configurations mean it is simple to learn and use.
- People Mover is compact- equipment space is at a premium, you only need one tool for most lifting needs.
- Usable on smaller statured patients as well to eliminate pressure points and skin tears.
- Machine wash with mild detergent and bleach – no expensive disinfectants, complicated procedures or equipment (Air Dry).
- People Mover is designed for up to a 100-inch waist and pull tested to 1250 lbs. by an independent lab.
- Many “similar” devices aren’t sized adequately for larger patients or only rated up to a few hundred pounds with NO actual destructive testing ratings.