According to a study conducted by Dr. Brian Maguire, EMS personnel have an injury rate of 21.3x higher than any other industry nationally. But this statistic isn’t very helpful without being able to pinpoint what is causing this staggering injury rate. Thankfully the CDC tracks where most of these injuries are happening, and the results just may surprise you.
46% of the injuries sustained by EMS personnel happened while manually moving the patient. This surprised many of the industry leaders because the invention of the power cot, stair chair, and power load system was predicted to eliminate lifting and therefore eliminate lifting related injuries. But what about getting the patient onto those pieces of equipment!?
It’s great that most EMS departments have spent the money and invested in power patient handling equipment. But if caregivers hurt their back getting a patient onto those pieces of equipment, the money spent was wasted. This is a very simple concept that does not need studies or tests to prove. Mechanical patient handling equipment can only prevent back injuries once the patient is secured to the device.
Given the nature of EMS it is impossible for hospital style mechanical lifts to be applied in most settings where lift assists take place. The Binder Lift bridges the gap between the cot and the floor, chair, bathtub, or wherever the patient happens to be. By providing multiples handles to for the caregivers to choose from, the Binder Lift promotes team lifting while enabling proper lifting ergonomics. The Binder Lift will help prevent injuries to the medic and patient in the space Where Patient Handling Begins™.
There’s a Better Way to Lift
So why go another shift with your back at risk? Through Binder Lift’s evaluation program anyone can sign up to participate in a 30-day field trial in under 5 minutes. That’s right. All you need to do is go to www.binderlift.com/trial to fill out a request form. It’s obligation free, so what’s stopping you?