Mangar inflatable lifting cushions Camel and ELK are used by a range of trusted Ambulance Trusts in the US. The popularity of the cushions is spreading globally and we also supply emergency services in the UK, Australia, Canada and many parts of Europe.
Moving fallen people is a regular part of the working day for many healthcare professionals working with the emergency services and the repetitive nature of the work and 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.
Within a year of introducing the ELK to South Western Ambulance sickness had reduced by 10% saving the service a considerable amount. The ELK had been introduced into their fleet of ambulances, which serve around 130,000 emergency calls outs a year of which 23% were to people who had fallen. The service was recording more than 5,000 lost staff days to musculoskeletal injury, resulting a high percentage of their costs.
Around 40% of ambulance call outs to the over 65s are to people who have fallen. 45% of these are uninjured and once lifted need no further medical assistance. This can put the service under considerable pressure, particularly during the winter months. Many Ambulance Trusts are working with private ambulance services, fire services and first responders to share the workload.
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