Safe Patient Lifting for the Emergency Services
The Mangar inflatable lifting cushions and lifting chairs (ELK and Camel) are used by every NHS Ambulance Trust in the UK. Selected as their moving and handling equipment of choice, this safe patient lifting equipment protects ambulance workers from musculoskeletal injury acquired through patient handling. The popularity of the cushions is spreading globally, and we now also supply emergency services in the USA, Australia, Canada and many parts of Europe.
Moving fallen people is a regular part of the working day for many healthcare professionals working within the emergency services sector, including fire brigades, CFR and Falls teams. It’s the repetitive nature of the work that can cause serious back injuries or musculoskeletal disorders. The single greatest risk factor for overexertion injuries in healthcare workers is the manual lifting and the moving and repositioning of patients.
The versatility of the products means they can be used in confined spaces, to get people out who are stuck in the bath and of course with a safe working load of up to 70 stone, the equipment can be used for plus size patients too. Unlike hoists or other mechanical lifting devices, lifting cushions are perfect for single handed care when lifting people who have fallen to the floor
Most importantly, by using a lifting cushion the likelihood of getting injured reduces. Within a year of introducing the ELK to South Western Ambulance, sickness had reduced by 10% saving the service over £300K.