Working in healthcare can be a demanding job, not only emotionally but also physically. Carers frequently use their own strength to provide manual assistance, whether that’s lifting, moving or repositioning a resident, which puts repeated strain and pressure on their bodies.
The greatest risk which healthcare workers face through manual handling are musculoskeletal injuries, which includes; disc degeneration or prolapse, lower back pain, pulled or torn ligaments, strained muscles, nerve damage and herniated discs.
MSDs account for 41% of all work related ill-health in 2015/16
Health and Safety Executive, 2016
Manual handling injuries are becoming even more common due to the outdated manual handling technique of physically moving a resident with equipment such as the ‘Moving and Handling Belt’ or also known as the ‘Transfer Belt’. This technique combined with the increasing number of bariatric patients and residents leaves a rising number of healthcare workers being injured, taking time off sick and needing to retire early.
More than 900 adult social care workers a day quit their job in England last year, new figures reveal.
Data gathered by the charity Skills for Care in 2016 found:
With this in mind, it’s important to be active in trying to retain the health and well-being of our current care home staff and create a safer environment for them to work in by reducing MSDs and work-related ill-health by protecting them from manual handling injuries.
By updating manual handling practices we can help prevent long-term physical and physiological damage. Using appropriate lifting equipment has been shown to be a practical and beneficial solution.
The Mangar Camel and Mangar ELK emergency lifting cushions can lift between 50 – 70 stone and are lightweight, portable, simple to use and take away the need to manually lift a resident and therefore protects the caregiver.
Mangar Health is a member of the Winncare Group