OSHA fines hospital over failure to help nurses lift heavy patients
What do you get when you combine a national obesity crisis with an aging workforce? Injured nurses, says the nursing union that forced a South Jersey hospital to provide more training and equipment to help nurses safely handle patients.
Failure to Reposition After Sliding Down in Bed Increases Pressure at the Sacrum and Heels
The head of the bed (HOB) for a patient is often elevated since it improves comfort and facilitates respiratory functions. However, elevating the HOB essentially causes the patient support surface to turn into a ramp, forcing the patient’s body to slide down. As the patient slides down, weight pressing on the pelvis, the coccyx, and the ischial tuberosities increases, resulting in associated increases in interface pressures.
OSHA Launches Program To Protect Nurses
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it’s going to crack down on hospitals to prevent an epidemic of back and arm injuries among nursing employees.
EXCLUSIVE: Invention Could Save Backs of Nurses with Push of Button
Cincinnati, Oh. (May 14, 2015) – Bill Hillenbrand was lying awake in bed at night when he got the idea for an invention that could transform health care with the push of a button. It’s a motorized mattress dubbed the Hercules Patient Repositioner, which was designed so nurses would no longer have to lift patients upright in hospital beds.
The Morel Company and Sizewise Introduce a Breakthrough in Bariatric Safe Patient Handling
Kansas City, Mo., and Batesville, Ind. (April 14, 2015) – Sizewise Worldwide and The Morel Company have formed an exclusive distribution agreement for the first bariatric system of its kind that can move a patient up in bed weighing up to 750 pounds with the touch of a button. Until now, traditional repositioning methods have been manual, requiring multiple staff members, therefore increasing the risk potential for patient and caregiver injuries.
Revolutionary New Patient Repositioning System Expected to Transform the Hospital Experience for Patients and Their Caregivers
Batesville, Ind. (April 14, 2015) – Since its introduction to the marketplace, The Hercules Patient Repositioner has been heralded as a
medical breakthrough that’s transforming the repositioning experience for patients and caregivers alike.