Safe Patient Lifting for the Emergency Services

The Mangar inflatable lifting cushions (Camel and ELK) are used by every NHS Ambulance Trust in the UK.  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 Camel and ELK are practical solutions to this daily challenge.

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 patient too.

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.

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